Angola

Anti-corruption journalist Rafael Marques and Mariano Bras acquitted

On 6th July, the Provincial Court of Luanda acquitted anti-corruption journalist Rafael Marques and Mariano Brás, editor of the newspaper O Crime. Both were charged on 20th June 2017 with 'outrage to a body of sovereignty' and' injury against public authority' under the Law on Crimes Against the State and Penal Code respectively. Read more

Anti-corruption journalist Rafael Marques and Mariano Bras  acquitted

Protests organised by activists banned ahead of 23rd August elections

In less than a week of the 23rd August general elections, restrictions on fundamental freedoms are rife. As reported previously on the Monitor, violations on the freedom of expression and assembly have intensified in the run-up of the general elections. Earlier this week, Angola has issued a ban on protests of activists and organisations that are not competing in the elections (see below). Human rights CSOs have, according to Radio France International, denounced the excessive military presence in the Lundas region and in Cabinda, two regions considered to be sensitive where there are calls for more autonomy and self determination, including intimidation of the population in those areas. Read more

Protests organised by activists banned ahead of 23rd August elections

Rights violations intensify ahead of August elections

As the general elections on 23rd August 2017 draws close, restrictions and violations on expression and assembly have increased in the form of legal harassment of journalists and violent disruption of protests. Journalist and human rights defender Rafael Marques de Morais was indicted on 20th June 2017 for the crimes of 'outrage to a body of sovereignty and injury against public authority' under the Angolan Law on Crimes against State Security and the Penal Code. Read more

Rights violations intensify ahead of August elections

Peaceful march on National Reconciliation Day disrupted by heavy police presence

Activists peacefully gathered in Luanda and Benguela on 4th April 2017 to march and meet in memory of the more than 500,000 Angolans who lost their lives during the 15-year civil war. Read more

Peaceful march on National Reconciliation Day disrupted by heavy police presence

Violence used against peaceful protesters in Angola

Two protests in Luanda and Benguala on 24th February 2017 turned violent when police began attacking the protesters with batons and police dogs. Read more

Violence used against peaceful protesters in Angola

CIVICUS condemns sentencing of 17 Angolan activists

The Provincial Court of Luanda sentenced 17 Angolan youth activists to prison sentences ranging from between two to over eight years on Monday for engaging in “preparation of a rebellion and criminal association.” CIVICUS, the global civil society alliance, strongly condemns this latest instance of repression by Angola’s totalitarian state apparatus, headed by president José Eduardo dos Santos since 1979. Read more

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CIVICUS condemns sentencing of 17 Angolan activists