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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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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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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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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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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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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…
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Voice of America Stringer Sentenced to Year in Prison After Unfair Trial

(New York) - Angolan authorities should immediately quash the conviction of a Voice of America journalist who was convicted after an unfair trial for stories critical of a local judge, Human Rights Watch said today. Armando Chicoca was sentenced on March…
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Attacks and Threats Remain a Very Serious Concern

Honduran authorities should take concrete steps to end impunity for abuses committed after the country's 2009 coup, and to curb ongoing attacks against journalists, human rights defenders, and political activists, Human Rights Watch said in a report…
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Little Progress on Human Rights after Six Months of Lobo Government

(Washington DC) - Six months after President Porfirio Lobo took office, Honduras has made little progress toward addressing the serious human rights abuses since the 2009 coup, Human Rights Watch said today. Threats and attacks against journalists and the…
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Arrest of Journalists in Cabinda Highlights Climate of Intimidation

(New York) - The Angolan government should ensure freedom of the press as host of the Africa Cup of Nations, Human Rights Watch said today. The football tournament will take place January 10 to 31, 2010, in four coastal towns in Angola, including in the…
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(Washington, DC) - The restoration of constitutional order in Honduras should be accompanied by the immediate repeal of repressive decrees issued by the de facto government, and a full investigation of abuses committed in the aftermath of the coup, Human…
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Emergency Decree Prohibits Criticism of De Facto Government

(New York) - Honduras's de facto government should immediately rescind an emergency decree that severely restricts press freedoms, Human Rights Watch said today. Honduran security forces seized the offices of Radio Globo and Cholusat Sur television early…
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Secretary General José Miguel Insulza Organization of American States 17th Street & Constitution Ave., N.W. Washington, D.C. 20006 Dear Secretary General: I am writing to share with you our concerns regarding credible reports that we have…
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Uncertainty Over Presidential Elections in 2009 No Excuse for Inaction

(New York) - The government should address the failings in the 2008 parliamentary elections and ensure that the resounding victory of the ruling Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) does not translate into further restrictions of civil…
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No Independent Oversight, Media Bias

(New York, September 15, 2008) - Angola's parliamentary elections on September 5, 2008, reportedly won by the ruling MPLA party, were marred by numerous irregularities, Human Rights Watch said today. Preliminary results indicate that the MPLA won more…
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New Press Law Does Not Adequately Protect Freedom of Expression

As Angolans prepare to vote next year in the country’s first elections since 1992, the government’s new press law promises much-needed reforms but still fails to protect freedom of the press adequately, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today…