Angola’s government approved the country’s long awaited human rights strategy in 2020, making human rights an issue of State security. Some progress has been made in terms of respecting the rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly in the country. However, this progress did not extend to the oil-rich enclave of Cabinda, where the crackdown on peaceful protesters and activists has continued. Developments in Angola’s political and civil rights environment were impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. Authorities have also struggled to contain abuses by State security forces implicated in killings and excessive use of force against unarmed people who allegedly violated Covid-19 restrictions.

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