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Independent, Thorough Investigation Needed

(Johannesburg) – Angolan authorities should immediately ensure a prompt, independent, and thorough investigation into the killing by security forces of at least 10 unarmed protesters on January 30, 2021 during a protest organized by the Lunda Tchokwe…
Angolan police officers in Benguela, Angola in January 2010.
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After eight years, civil society worldwide demands the government establish and reveal Sombath’s fate and whereabouts

15 December 2020: On the eighth anniversary of the enforced disappearance of Lao civil society leader Sombath Somphone, we, the undersigned organizations, reiterate our calls on the government of Laos to reveal his fate and whereabouts, and to investigate…
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One Man Killed; Prominent Activists, Others Beaten

(Johannesburg) – Angolan police used live bullets, teargas, and dogs to disperse a peaceful anti-government protest, killing one protester, in the capital, Luanda, on November 11, 2020, Human Rights Watch said today. Police severely beat the well-…
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Trip Covers Papua New Guinea, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar

(Tokyo) – Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi should forcefully raise human rights concerns on an upcoming regional trip, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to the foreign minister. Motegi will visit Papua New Guinea, Cambodia, Laos,…
Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi meets the media in Tokyo on May 28, 2020. 
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Release More Detainees to Reduce Overcrowding

Angolan authorities have released nearly 1900 people in pretrial detention to help prevent the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic to the nation’s prisons. While the release of detainees will reduce prison overcrowding, it is not enough to avoid…
Angolan police patrol streets as people move about during the country's Covid-19 lockdown, Luanda, Angola, March 2020.
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Leaders Should Promote Human Rights Across Region

  (Johannesburg) – Weak domestic and regional institutions undermined human rights in several Southern African Development Community (SADC) member countries during 2019, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2020…
A delegate attends the 37th Ordinary SADC Summit of Heads of State and Government in Pretoria, South Africa, August 19, 2017. © 2017 Reuters
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Free All Wrongfully Detained; Permit Peaceful Rally

(New York) – The Lao government should immediately release political activists arrested for planning a peaceful pro-democracy rally in Vientiane, Human Rights Watch said today. On November 12, 2019, Lao authorities arrested at least…
Lao people walk past their country flag, in the capital Vientiane, Laos.
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17 Years After War’s End, Mines Still Killing, Maiming Children

Today, Britain’s Prince Harry starts a two-day visit to Angola as part of a tour that will take him to South Africa, Botswana, and Malawi. While in Angola, Harry will visit a HALO Trust demining project in Huambo province, which his…
Villagers stand in front of a Unicef banner warning of landmines outside Caala, Angola
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Prominent Dissident Faces Arrest, Mistreatment in Laos

(New York) – Thai authorities should urgently investigate the apparent enforced disappearance of Od Sayavong, a refugee from Laos and prominent critic of the Lao government, Human Rights Watch said today. Od, 34, was last seen at his house in…
Od Sayavong, a refugee from Laos and outspoken critic of the Lao government, was 'disappeared' in Bangkok on August 26, 2019.
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Dialogue Should Address Enforced Disappearances, Free Speech

(Sydney, August 12, 2019) – The Australian government should press the Lao government to take serious steps to remedy its poor human rights record at the 6th Australia-Laos human rights dialogue on August 12, 2019, in Canberra, Human…
Surachai Danwattananusorn, prominent Thai anti-monarchist, and two close aides were reportedly abducted in Vientiane in December 2018.
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Nairobi Conference Commits to Greater Efforts to Fight Impunity, Defend Rights

Last week, the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region met in Nairobi, Kenya, to discuss “combating impunity and upholding human rights as key contributors to peace and security.” Representatives from the organization’s 12…
Jean Baptiste Nguondija, a resident of Ngbada, Central African Republic, by the grave of his 10 year-old daughter Nathana Poura. Nguondija has lost 5 children since the conflict began in 2013.
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Drop Case Against ‘Samussuku’ Tshikonde for Insulting President

(Johannesburg, May 17, 2019) – Angolan authorities should investigate alleged police abuse against a political activist and drop the baseless case against him, Human Rights Watch said today. On May 10, 2019 in Luanda…
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March 2019

This submission highlights concerns about Angola’s compliance with its international human rights obligations since its previous Universal Periodic Reviews (UPR) in 2010 and 2014. The submission focuses on problems related to arbitrary arrest and…
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But 50 Cabinda Activists Remain Jailed for Planning Peaceful Protests

A court in Angola’s oil-rich province of Cabinda has ordered the release of 13 of the 63 activists arrested during a massive police crackdown earlier this year ahead of a pro-independence protest. The authorities made the…
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Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation Banned

CORRECTION: Although Angola’s parliament voted in January 2019 for a new penal code that no longer criminalizes consensual same-sex conduct, the president of Angola did not sign the new penal code into law until November 2020. It will come into…
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Battered Corpses in Mekong River Identified as Missing Activists

(New York) – The Lao government should urgently investigate the disappearance of three Thai political activists who were last seen in the capital, Vientiane, in December 2018, Human Rights Watch said today. On January 22, 2019, Thai…
Surachai Danwattananusorn, prominent Thai anti-monarchist, and two close aides were reportedly abducted in Vientiane in December 2018.
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Expectations for Transitions Fall Short

(Johannesburg) – New leadership in key Southern Africa countries renewed hope for greater respect for human rights, but the region’s leaders failed to live up to expectations in 2018, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report…
A delegate attends the 37th Ordinary SADC Summit of Heads of State and Government in Pretoria, South Africa, August 19, 2017. © 2017 Reuters
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Serious Abuses Alleged in Diamond Mining Crackdown

(Johannesburg) – The Angolan government should immediately suspend the abusive deportation of migrants from the Democratic Republic of Congo and conduct a prompt and impartial investigation into alleged abuses by state…
Congolese migrants who were living in Angola carry belongings near the Congolese border town of Kamako, on October 12, 2018, after returning to their country following a security crackdown by Angolan authorities. © 2018 SOSTHENE KAMBIDI/AFP/Getty Images
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In Office a Year, President Lourenço Should Promote Justice

  (Johannesburg) – Angolan President João Lourenço should mark his first year in office by directing his government to investigate past rights abuses by state security forces, Human Rights Watch said…
President João Lourenço of Angola during the 10th BRICS Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa, July 26, 2018. © 2018 Vladimir Astapkovich / Sputnik via AP