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UNITA denounces the detention of four Angolan citizens in Mozambique

The UNITA parliamentary group this Wednesday expressed “enormous concern” over the allegations made by an Angolan citizen, according to which she, her husband and two minor children are “in custody” of the police in Mozambique.


According to UNITA, Angolan citizen Clemência Suzete Vumi alleges that the four are "on the verge of being compulsorily extradited to Angola, putting their lives at risk".

The UNITA statement adds that the four left for Mozambique "in search of political and legal protection, following persecution" resulting from the complaints made by Clemência's husband, Gelson Emanuel Quintas, better known as 'Man Gena', "about the alleged involvement of high figures of the National Police and the Criminal Investigation Services [of Angola] in drug trafficking".

"Considering that these are national citizens who enjoy the rights and freedoms provided for in the Constitution of the Republic and other international legal instruments signed by Angola, the UNITA Parliamentary Group urges the competent authorities to take the necessary measures to guarantee and ensure the physical and moral integrity of Gelson Emanuel Quintas and family who are in Mozambican territory", stresses UNITA.

UNITA adds that Clemência Suzete Vumi is pregnant and accompanied by two minor children, Orlando Emanuel Andrade Quintas, 3 years old, and Joana António Andrade Quintas, 2 years old, "whose treatment in the context of human rights requires sensitivity and special attention".

The parliamentary group of the largest opposition party in Angola adds that it "carried out steps with some authorities in Mozambique", namely deputies, human rights organizations such as the United Nations High Commissioner in Mozambique, the Mozambican Network of Human Rights Defenders and activists members of the Young Leaders Women's Network of Mozambique and the Women's Observatory of Mozambique, "in the sense of following developments in the situation in which the family in question finds itself".

In conclusion, he stated that he informed the Ministers of the Interior and Foreign Affairs in writing of what had happened, as well as the Resident Coordinator of the UN in Angola, the embassies of Mozambique in Angola and of Angola in Mozambique, of the United States and of the European Union in Angola, "so that the fundamental rights" of the four Angolan citizens are safeguarded.

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