September 30, 2013

“Take That Filth Away”

Police Abuses Against Street Vendors in Angola

To the Government of Angola
To the National Police of Angola and the Ministry of Interior
To the Attorney-General’s Office
I. Background
New Move against Street Trading
Post-War Restrictions on Informal Trade
The Extreme Poverty of Luanda’s Street Vendors
Lack of Adequate Housing, Secure Land Tenure, and Access to Basic Services
Lack of Identity Cards
Lack of Viable Alternatives to Street Trading
II. Abuses against Street Traders
Beatings, Degrading, and Humiliating Treatment
Seizure of Goods and Extortion
Arbitrary Detentions
III. Angola’s Legal Obligations
International Law
Angolan Law
IV. The Government’s Response