Appeals & Response Plans
- Southern Africa: Armyworm Infestation - Jan 2017
- Southern Africa: Floods - Jan 2017
- Angola/DR Congo: Yellow Fever Outbreak - Jan 2016
- Southern Africa: Food Insecurity - 2015-2017
- Angola: Drought - 2012-2014
- Angola: Cholera Outbreak - Dec 2011
- Angola: Floods - Dec 2011
- Southern Africa: Floods - Jan 2011
- Angola: Floods - Oct 2010
- Angola: Floods - Mar 2010
Maps & Infographics
De graves abus auraient été commis dans le cadre d'une opération visant à réprimer l'extraction illégale de diamants
Serious Abuses Alleged in Diamond Mining Crackdown
(Johannesburg) – The Angolan government should immediately suspend the deportation of refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo and conduct a prompt and impartial investigation into alleged abuses by state security forces. Over 400,000 people were forcibly returned or fled Angola during October 2018 following an operation targeting illegal diamond mining in Angola’s Lunda Norte province.
Angola elected a new president, João Lourenço, in September, ending almost four decades of José Eduardo Dos Santos’ repressive rule. Voting was peaceful, but marred by severe restrictions on freedom of expression and assembly, and limited access to information due to government repression and censorship in state media and in private media outlets controlled by ruling party officials.
Little Progress as Regional Body Marks 25th Anniversary
(Johannesburg) –The Southern African Development Community (SADC) should use the opportunity of its 25th anniversary to reaffirm its commitment to improve respect for human rights among its member states, Human Rights Watch said today. Heads of state of the SADC’s 15 members will meet on August 19-20, 2017, in Pretoria, South Africa, for their 37th summit.
The government of President José Eduardo dos Santos continued to violate human rights in Angola despite several new pledges to improve its record. In March, the Angolan government said it would accept many of the recommendations resulting from the Universal Periodic Review of the country held by the United Nations Human Rights Council in October 2014. In the same month, it passed a restrictive law regulating the work of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs).
Poor Record in Several Member States
(Johannesburg, August 17, 2015) – The Southern African Development Community (SADC) should take concrete steps to improve respect for human rights among member states and strengthen regional human rights institutions, Human Rights Watch said today. Heads of state of the SADC’s 15 members will meet on August 17 and 18, 2015, in Gaborone, Botswana, for their 35th summit.
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.
In Luanda, Raise Concerns About Host Country, Killings of Sudanese Protesters
(Johannesburg, April 25, 2014) – The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights should focus attention on recent human rights violations in Angola and Sudan in its upcoming session, Human Rights Watch said today. The commission will meet in Luanda, Angola from April 28 to May 12, 2014.
Encourage Free, Fair, and Peaceful Vote
(Johannesburg, August 15, 2012) – Leaders of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) meeting this week should press the governments of Angola and Zimbabwe to improve human rights conditions in advance of upcoming national elections, Human Rights Watch said today. SADC’s annual heads of state summit is scheduled for August 17 and 18, 2012, in Maputo, Mozambique.
Halt Abuses and Undertake Key Reforms Before Elections
(Johannesburg, August 1, 2012) –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, Human Rights said in a report released today. The government should end its crackdown on peaceful protests and the media with the start of the election campaign on August 1.
Angola: stop rape, abuse of Congolese migrants
Government Should Rein in Security Forces
(Johannesburg, May 21, 2012) – Angolan security forces frequently abuse irregular migrants during expulsions from Angola, including sexual violence and other degrading and inhuman treatment, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.
Police, Security Agents Injure at Least 14 Demonstrators
(Johannesburg, December 7, 2011) – The Angolan government should end its use of unnecessary force, including by plainclothes agents, against peaceful anti-government protests, Human Rights Watch said today.
Le premier anniversaire du rapport du « Projet Mapping » montre le besoin d’une action internationale plus ferme
(New York) – Les gouvernements à travers le monde devraient intensifier les efforts visant à traduire en justice les responsables des exactions graves décrites dans le rapport du « Projet Mapping » publié en octobre 2010 par les Nations Unies, a déclaré Human Rights Watch aujourd’hui.
First Anniversary of ‘Mapping Report’ Shows Need for Stronger International Action
(New York, October 10, 2011) – Governments around the world should intensify efforts to bring to justice those responsible for grave abuses documented in the United Nations’ October 2010 “mapping report,” Human Rights Watch said today.
Concerns Over Malawi, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Angola, Status of Tribunal
New Members Should Take Visible Steps to Improve Practices Before Joining in June
(New York, May 13, 2010) - The absence of competitive slates in today's elections for the United Nations Human Rights Council undermined membership standards and deprived the General Assembly of the opportunity to elect the most qualified countries, the NGO Coalition for an Effective Human Rights Council said.
The election results for the 14 new Human Rights Council members were largely a foregone conclusion, as all five UN geographical regions for the first time put forward slates in which the …
(New York, January 8, 2010) - On January 8, 2010, an ambush claimed by Angolan separatist rebels against Togo's national football team killed one person and injured at least nine others. The attack occurred as the team traveled to Angola's troubled Cabinda region to compete in the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations.
"The apparent rebel attack against a convoy of international athletes is shocking," said Georgette Gagnon, Africa director at Human Rights Watch. "Angolan authorities are entitled to step up security in response to this attack.
Lors de sa tournée dans sept pays africains, la secrétaire d'Etat américaine devrait insister sur le devoir de rendre des comptes et sur l'Etat de droit
(New York) - La secrétaire d'Etat américaine Hillary Clinton devrait mettre en avant les droits humains lors de sa prochaine visite dans sept pays d'Afrique, a déclaré Human Rights Watch aujourd'hui dans une lettre adressée à Hillary Clinton.
Le voyage de 11 jours, qui débutera le 4 août, mènera la secrétaire d'Etat au Kenya, en Afrique du Sud, en Angola, en République démocratique du Congo, au Nigeria, au …
Seven-Nation Visit Should Urge Accountability and the Rule of Law
(New York, July 31, 2009) - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton should emphasize human rights on her seven-nation trip to Africa, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to Clinton.
The eight-day trip, to begin on August 5, will take Clinton to Kenya, South Africa, Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, Liberia, and Cape Verde.
Dear Secretary Clinton,
Human Rights Watch welcomes your upcoming visit to Africa beginning next week. As you promote economic opportunity and growth in your seven-nation trip, we urge you to also emphasize good governance, respect for human rights, and the rule of law. These are essential to providing the conditions favorable to economic progress in Africa as well as improved security for all Africans.
Human Rights Watch takes this opportunity to offer recommendations on several of the countries you will visit.