Angola Rejects Report on Army Role in Diamonds

The government of Angola says it ‘categorically rejects’ allegations of human rights abuses in the country made by the German NGO, the Bonn International Centre for Conversion (BICC).

The BICC report, Legacy of a Resource-Fuelled War: The Role of Generals in Angola’s Mining Sector’ looks at the alleged role that Angolan army generals play in Angola’s mining sector.

NGO to Offer Tourism Graduate Course

Portuguese non-governmental organisation, the Instituto de Planeamento e Desenvolvimento do Turismo (IPDF), will be administering the first graduate course in tourism in Angola.

António Jorge Costa, who also works as a consultant for the UN preparing the tourism master plan for Angola’s part of the Okavango Basin in the southern part of the country, stressed that the 30-student course to be offered in Luanda is due to an invitation from the Angolan Ministry for Hotels and Tourism.

Angola Receives a Donation to Fight Malaria

The Angolan Minister of Health, José Van-Dunem, says that the US$1.8 million donation made to the country’s National Malaria Fighting Programme aims to increase the capacity of the NGOs to implement the programme so as to control malaria.

Van-Dunem says the success of this programme will impact on three key elements of the Millennium Development Goal in regard to health, reduction of endemic diseases, malaria, tuberculosis and AIDS.

10 Angolan Provinces Hit by Hunger

The United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) says that about 10 Angolan provinces have been severely hit by drought.

UNICEF’s representative in Angola Koenraad Vanormelingen, estimates that hundreds of thousands of families are affected, adding that, "We are concerned with the situation which started last year and has affected 533 000 children in the Southern African nation.”

Angola Presents Human Rights Report

The Angolan minister of Justice and Human Rights, Rui Mangueira, has presented the country’s report on the implementation of the International Covenant on Human, Civil and Political Rights, in which it highlights the progress made on the issue, in Geneva, Switzerland.
Addressing the 107th Session of the Human Rights Council, the minister mentioned the concrete steps taken by Angola in the political field, especially in the preservation of the rights, duties and fundamental guarantees of the citizens.

HRW Criticises Crackdown on Protestors

The Human Rights Watch (HRW) has criticised Angola for its ‘alarming’ crackdown on anti-government protestors amid a growing public show of dissent in the run-up to next month's elections.

HRW deputy African director, Leslie Lefkow, points out that, "The recent spate of serious abuses against protesters is an alarming sign that Angola's government will not tolerate peaceful dissent."

CSOs, Govt, Discuss Draft Law on Traditional Medicines

The Angolan Government and representatives of civil society have analysed the draft legislation on traditional medicine during a regional forum on ‘National Policy on Traditional Medicine and Complementary Practices’.

The legislation is aimed at integrating the practices of traditional medicine in national health system, in order to ensure efficient, safety and fairness health care to all people.

Children to Get Medical Treatment Abroad

More than 70 Angolan children will travel in the second quarter of May this year to Germany for medical treatment, under cooperation between the German organisation, Friedensdorf International and the Angolan NGO, Kimbo Liombembwa.

The operation will only benefit children with serious illnesses and injuries, which cannot be performed in Angola.

After the treatment the patients will stay some time for their recovery in Oberhausen, Germany.

UN Launches ‘Polio Eradication Drive’

Secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, has launched a national polio vaccination campaign in Angola, where the crippling disease has returned despite being eradicated in 2001.

Ban, who praised the Government for its leadership on the issue, pointed out that, "Polio eradication must be treated as a public health emergency."

Ban further stressed the need to also keep track of the situation, improve the water supply, and create a clean environment and strong surveillance system.

End Silence on Missing Funds – HRW

The Human Rights Watch (HRW) has urged the government of Angola to publicly disclose its efforts to trace tens of billions of dollars in missing public funds apparently connected to the state oil company.

HRW business and human rights director, Arvind Ganesan, points out that, “The Angolan government can’t account for tens of billions of dollars in public funds, and it needs to explain what happened to that money.”


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