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Human Rights Organizations repudiate arbitrary persecution and detention in Angola

Two Angolan human rights organizations on Friday repudiated the “arbitrary persecution and detention” by the national police of activists in Angola and appealed to President João Lourenço to put an end to the abuses.

: Paulo Novais/Lusa
Paulo Novais/Lusa  

"FORDU and OMUNGA, organizations for the defense of human rights, make public their most serious concerns about the security framework of activists and the people in general", reads a joint statement, to which the Lusa agency had access.

The two organizations recall that all the bodies elected after the August 24 general elections are already functioning, so it is not understandable that the right to freedom of expression is being called into question.

"We see no need for the Government, through the Police and Intelligence Services, to unleash arbitrary persecution and arrests against activists who, through social networks, especially Facebook, express their thoughts, their ideas and, in this way, exercise the right to freedom of expression enshrined in the Constitution", denounce FORDU and OMUNGA.

"Citizens, in general, and political party activists, in particular, mobilize for peaceful demonstrations that respond equally to the dictates of the Constitution. [...] We hope, therefore, that the Executive will be the first to set an example. that the Constitution of Angola, such as the law in which the President of the Republic swears and undertakes to comply and enforce it in the country, does not act inconsistently and inconsistently in its application", they add.

In this sense, they appeal to João Lourenço to "prohibit" in an "energetic and decisive" manner the persecution and arbitrary arrests by the National Police during peaceful demonstrations and to "torture defenseless citizens, who only want to see their citizenship legally recognized and guaranteed". 

"The signatories of this note of repudiation urge the Angolan Executive, and the Security Forces in particular, to immediately and unconditionally cease the detention of Angolans who publish their ideas and thoughts in an act of freedom of expression, which is an inalienable fundamental right, irrevocable, inalienable and inalienable", they maintain.

OMUNGA, represented in the statement by João Malavindele, and FORDU, by Ângelo Kapwacha, also guarantee that they will "closely" monitor the evolution of the situation and that "they will denounce, inside and outside Angola", any attempt to curtail freedoms and guarantees legally recognized.

In the statement, the two organizations expressed "unconditional support" for the demonstration that was called by the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) for Saturday, in Luanda, asking the defense and security forces to protect the protesters, who are asked to also a "civic and decent" posture.

UNITA held a march on Saturday, one month after the elections, in defense of the democratic and lawful state and for the release of political prisoners.

On Friday, in statements to Lusa, the provincial secretary of the party in Luanda, Nelito Ekukui, underlined that, after the elections, several young activists were arrested, without warrants, and threatened.

"The rule of law and democracy and the liberties of the citizen are threatened, so these are the fundamental objectives" of the demonstration, he said.

The president of the "Galo Negro" party, Adalberto da Costa Júnior, denounced that the post-election period in Angola has been characterized by a series of arrests of young people, civic activists and members of political parties, namely UNITA, as well as beatings. and physical torture, in neighborhoods of Luanda and other provinces.

He considered that these were acts of "pure cowardice" and called for the regime to be held accountable, calling for the protection of the State for all citizens.


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