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Angola’s Constitutional Court has ruled that a presidential decree that imposed severe restrictions on civil society groups violates the constitution. The ruling provides a big boost to nongovernmental organizations that operate in a politically…
Angolan President and MPLA leader, Jose Eduardo dos Santos attends a party central committee at a meeting in Luanda, Angola, December 2 ,2016
As of March 1, Finland will allow same-sex couples to marry, bringing to thirteen the number of European countries with marriage equality laws.Nils Muiznieks, the Council of Europe’s Commissioner for Human Rights, in a statement on February 21, affirmed…
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Seeking justice for the ongoing grave human rights abuses in Syria has proven largely elusive. Now the shield of impunity is beginning to crack.
 Several countries, including Sweden, Germany, and France are in the process of investigating some…
Syrian Man Carries Children After Barrel Bomb Attack
The Angolan Supreme Court on Wednesday provisionally released 17 members of a book club who were jailed after they discussed peaceful protest and democracy at a meeting last June, inspired by Gene Sharp’s book, From Dictatorship to Democracy.
Book-club activists walk through the streets of Luanda after their provisional release.
On Friday morning, Angolan human rights defender Marcos Mavungo was released from prison after the country’s Supreme Court overturned his conviction a day earlier. He is now enjoying the company of his wife, Adolfina Mavungo, and children, who met him by…
Mavungo’s wife Adolfina Mavungo met him by the gates of the Cabinda prison, when he was released on Friday morning, May 20, 2016.
It’s been a month since a court in Angola found 17 activists guilty of preparing a rebellion against the government and sentenced them to between two and eight years in prison. The activists should never have been jailed, and their trial only served as a…
Imprisoned activists hold books during a rare visit by of opposition party members to Viana jail, April 2016. © 2016 Private
This week, a court in Angola found 17 activists guilty of preparing a rebellion against the government and sentenced them to between two and eight years in prison. The hefty terms shocked many Angolans, reminding them once again that rights to free speech…
Some of the 17 activists who have been sentenced to jail terms of between two and eight years, after prosecutors introduced a new charge of “criminal conspiracy," Angola, 2015.
A trial started in Angola this week that may finally shed light on the bloody events of April 16, 2015, when a police operation against a doomsday religious sect left many dead. The government says nine police officers and 13 armed members of the “Light…
Destroyed huts are seen in Mount Sumi, Angola, in this picture taken May 3, 2015.
On Tuesday, Angola’s Attorney General João Maria de Sousa announced that 15 jailed activists on trial for plotting “acts of rebellion” would be transferred to house arrest. While the decision at least allows them to be at home with their families, it’s…
Protesters in London, stand at Piccadilly Circus calling for the release of 15 political prisoners in Angola, October 17, 2015.