Angola: Military Fatally Shoots Boy at Protest

– Angolan authorities should promptly and impartially investigate the shooting death of a 14-year-old boy during a peaceful protest in Luanda on August 6, 2016. The government’s deployment of military police during a demonstration against the demolition of homes for a development project raises serious concerns about the security forces’ unnecessary use of lethal force. “Angolan soldiers fired live ammunition […]

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Dispatches: Angolan Activists Conditionally Free

The Angolan Supreme Court on Wednesday provisionally released 17 members of a book club who were jailed after they discussed peaceful protest and democracy at a meeting last June, inspired by Gene Sharp’s book, From Dictatorship to Democracy. Public prosecutors charged the group members with “preparatory acts of rebellion” and “plotting against the president and state institutions.” The latter charge […]

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SADC: Reverse Downward Slide on Rights

(Johannesburg) – The Southern African Development Community (SADC) should take concrete steps to improve respect for human rights among its 15 member countries. SADC heads of state will meet on August 30-31, 2016, in Mbabane, Swaziland, for SADC’s 36th Summit. “Political repression and disregard for basic rights characterized several SADC countries over the past year,” said Dewa Mavhinga, senior Africa […]

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Dispatches: Angolan Activists Conditionally Free

The Angolan Supreme Court on Wednesday provisionally released 17 members of a book club who were jailed after they discussed peaceful protest and democracy at a meeting last June, inspired by Gene Sharp’s book, From Dictatorship to Democracy. Public prosecutors charged the group members with “preparatory acts of rebellion” and “plotting against the president and state institutions.” The latter charge […]

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A Bittersweet Victory for Leading Angolan Activist

On Friday morning, Angolan human rights defender Marcos Mavungo was released from prison after the country’s Supreme Court overturned his conviction a day earlier. He is now enjoying the company of his wife, Adolfina Mavungo, and children, who met him by the prison gates. In a phone conversation, Mavungo told Human Rights Watch he was happy to be back home […]

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