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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
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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.
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His Excellency José Eduardo dos Santos President of the Republic of Angola Re: Prosecution of Rafael Marques de Morais Dear President dos Santos, We, the undersigned individuals and organizations, are writing to you to express our strong concerns about…
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Angola is making news for all the wrong reasons. There are growing allegations that Angolan security forces killed hundreds of people, said to be members of a religious sect, during unrest in Huambo province in which nine police officers were killed – a…
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The bold activists around the world who stand up to corporate and government economic interests frequently face a harsh backlash. Individuals and communities are threatened, and activists may be arrested or killed with impunity in retaliation for speaking…
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Angola’s government claims that it respects free speech and the right to protest – and it went on the record as such during last week’s United Nations review of its human rights record. But the reality on the ground couldn’t be more different.…
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Fully Investigate Shooting of Opposition Activist by Presidential Guards

(Johannesburg) – Angolan authorities should fully investigate the killing of an opposition activist by presidential guards in Luanda on November 23, 2013, Human Rights Watch said today. The authorities should also investigate arbitrary arrests and the…
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How do you know when the human rights situation in a country has sunk to a new low? How about when a 17-year-old boy is thrown into solitary confinement for weeks, without access to family, lawyers, or medical care, just for ordering T-shirts? This is…
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Free Detained Protesters, Investigate Police Brutality

(Johannesburg) – The Angolan government should immediately end arbitrary arrests and assaults against peaceful protesters and journalists, Human Rights Watch said today. All those held for exercising their rights to assembly and expression should be…
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Drop Criminal Cases Against Prominent Investigative Reporter

(Johannesburg) – Angola’s attorney-general should immediately drop all criminal defamation charges against an investigative journalist, Rafael Marques de Morais, because they undermine free expression rights. The Angolan government should repeal the…
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Human Rights and the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative

Update: A response from the EITI Secretariat is available at this link. ContentsSummaryBackground: EITI’s Purpose, Structure, and RulesEITI’s Founding PrinciplesStructure of the InitiativeThe Central Role of Civil Society ParticipationCurrent…
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Human Rights Issues Regarding Angola Submitted by Human Rights Watch to the UN Human Rights Committee February 2013   This memorandum provides an overview of Human Rights Watch’s main concerns with respect to the human rights situation in Angola. We…
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Halt Abuses and Undertake Key Reforms Before Elections

(Johannesburg) –The Angolan government is responsible for numerous incidents of political violence, intimidation of protesters, and crackdowns on peaceful demonstrations that might have a negative impact on the August 31, 2012 parliamentary elections,…
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Introduction Recommendations To the Government of Angola Regarding Acts of Political Violence and Intimidation Regarding Free Speech and the Media Freedom To the Southern…
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US Should Conclude Policy Review and Ban Landmines

(Washington, DC) – Finland’s action to join the international treaty banning antipersonnel landmines should spur the United States and others to get on board without delay, Human Rights Watch said today. Finland deposited its instrument of accession to…
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Police, Security Agents Injure at Least 14 Demonstrators

(Johannesburg) – The Angolan government should end its use of unnecessary force, including by plainclothes agents, against peaceful anti-government protests, Human Rights Watch said today. On December 3, 2011, police and plainclothes security agents…
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Investigate Police Role During September Demonstration

(Johannesburg) – The Angolan authorities should immediately drop politically motivated charges against 18 people who were convicted after unfair trials for their participation in an anti-government demonstration in Luanda, Human Rights Watch said today. A…
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Demonstrators Mistreated and Jailed, Journalists Attacked

(Johannesburg) – The Angolan authorities should immediately end the use of unnecessary and disproportionate force against demonstrators, Human Rights Watch said today. It should also ensure the protection of demonstrators and journalists covering anti-…
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Draft Bill Violates Rights to Access to Information, Freedom of Expression

(New York) - The Angolan government should withdraw the bill on information and communication technology crimes currently before parliament, Human Rights Watch said today.  The proposed legislation would undercut both freedom of expression and…