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10 Apr 2019 description

This submission was prepared for the Universal Periodic Review of Angola in November 2019. It assesses the national human rights framework regarding land and human rights, fundamental freedoms and LGBTI rights.

10 Dec 2018 description

The “third struggle” for freedom in Africa

When the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the UN in 1948, much of Africa was still in its first struggle for liberation from colonial rule. Only three African countries were present at the UN for the vote: Egypt, Ethiopia and South Africa. Apartheid South Africa abstained.

22 Aug 2017 description

The next president of Angola must guide the country out of the spiral of oppression that tainted the brutal 37-year reign of outgoing President José Eduardo dos Santos, Amnesty International said today as Angolans prepared to vote for a new leader.

The country goes to the polls on 23 August to elect a successor to Dos Santos, whose rule has been characterized by repeated attacks on the rights to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly.

10 Nov 2015 description

President José Eduardo dos Santos’s tightening stranglehold on freedom of expression in Angola and his government’s decades of fear and repression will cast an indelible stain on the 40th anniversary of the country’s independence, said Amnesty International today.

As dignitaries and foreign leaders gather in the capital Luanda to mark four decades of independence, at least 16 activists continue to languish in Angolan jails.

14 Aug 2014 description

Serious Concerns in Several Member Countries

(Harare, August 14, 2014) – The Southern African Development Community (SADC) should address human rights violations among its member states as part of measures to improve the lives of its people, Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, Amnesty International, and Human Rights Watch said today.

01 Sep 2013 description

AI index: IOR 51/006/2013

Every year in dozens of countries around the world, thousands of men, women and children are detained by state authorities for no reason, never to be seen again. They are the “disappeared”.
In 2012 alone, Amnesty International documented such cases in 31 countries. Here are five facts you should know on International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances, 30 August.

05 Dec 2012 description

AI Index: AFR 01/014/2012

Africities 2012- is an international summit taking place in Dakar, Senegal, where delegates, including local government officials, city mayors, property developers and private companies from around the world, will discuss urban development in African cities.

Amnesty International is attending the summit to remind delegates of their obligations under international human rights law and to call upon them to end forced evictions and respect the right to adequate housing.

African cities and forced evictions

05 Sep 2011 description

Demonstrators Mistreated and Jailed, Journalists Attacked

(Johannesburg, September 5, 2011) – 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-government protests against violence, Human Rights Watch said. Human Rights Watch also expressed concern that more than 30 demonstrators arrested by the authorities are still being held incommunicado, their whereabouts unknown.

31 Mar 2011 description

Across Africa hundreds of thousands of people each year are left homeless when they are forcibly evicted from their homes by the authorities. In most cases evictions are conducted without any due process, consultation, adequate notice or compensation.

The effect of forced evictions can be catastrophic, particularly for people who are already living in poverty. Forced evictions result not only in people losing their homes (which they may have built themselves) and personal possessions, but also their social networks.

19 Jan 2010 description

Amnesty International has warned the Angolan authorities against a crackdown on human rights activists after several were detained in the Cabinda region in the wake of the 8 January attack on the Togolese national football team.

Francisco Luemba, a prominent lawyer and former member of banned human rights organization Mpalabanda, was arrested on 17 January and charged with crimes against the state in connection with the 2008 publication of a book which the authorities now allege incites violence and rebellion.

Padre Raul Tati, a catholic priest, was arrested on 16 January and charged …

15 Jan 2007 description

AI Index: AFR 12/001/2007

Caption - Luanda map © Private


ACHPR - African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights

CESCR - Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

FAA - Forças Armadas de Angola (Armed Forces of Angola)

ICCPR - International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights

ICESCR - International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

PIR – Polícia de Intervenção Rápida

04 Oct 2006 description

Research conducted by Amnesty International and the Geneva-based Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions (COHRE) reveals that the practice of forced evictions has reached epidemic proportions in Africa, with more than three million Africans forcibly evicted from their homes since 2000.

03 Apr 2006 description

AI Index: AFR 32/003/2006 (Public)

Amnesty International, the Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions, the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights and Hakijamii Trust are calling on African housing ministers currently meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, to show commitment to addressing the housing crisis in Africa.

A coalition spokesperson said at a media conference in Nairobi today, "Africa is at a crossroads on the housing issue.

18 Oct 2004 description

AI Index: POL 30/038/2004 (Public)

11 Mar 2004 description

In recent years, thousands of families living in the Angolan capital, Luanda, have been driven from their homes. Unless action is taken now many other evictions, not just in Luanda but across Angola, may follow.

12 Nov 2003 description

AI Index: AFR 12/008/2003 (Public)