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.
The report says there is a business and security network connecting the MPLA government, the generals and international businesses in the Angolan diamond sector. It also alleges large-scale human rights violations in the country connected with the network of security and mining bodies.
To read the article titled, “Angola refutes NGO report on army role in diamonds,” click here.Source:IDEX Online
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.
Costa states that the course also involves a partnership with the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) and the Porto-based Fernando Pessoa University.
To read the article titled, “Portuguese NGO to offer tourism graduate course in Angola,” click here.Source:Macau Hub
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.
He explains that the policy of combating malaria and poverty is part of the fundamental strategy of his government and it serves as an evaluation, because the reduction of child mortality, malaria and maternal mortality is a priority.
To read the article titled, “Minister hails USD 1.8-million donation to Malaria Fighting Programme,” click here.Source:Angola Press
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.”
Vanormelingen adds that there is already US$5.1 million granted by European Union to be used by the Angolan government to fight hunger, with the support of the international community and local NGOs.
To read the article titled, “Ten Angolan provinces hit by hunger: UNICEF,” click here.Source:Africa Review
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.
In this context, according to Mangueira, Angola is experiencing a dynamic process of political stability, reconstruction, economic and social development that involves the
participation of the civil society and the NGOs.
To read the article titled, “Angola presents Human Rights Pact Report,” click here.Source:Angola Press
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."
The organisation says that the government is targeting organisers of protests against its policies, adding that at least 28 veterans remain in detention without access to lawyers since last month's protests over pension and bonus payouts.
To read the article titled, “Rights group slams Angola crackdown,” click here.Source:News24
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.
The draft legislation stresses that the government intends with this action, create legal and regulatory mechanisms necessary for the promotion of good practice of using traditional medicine, due to its wide use at the country level.
To read the article titled, “Govt to discuss draft legislation on traditional medicine,” click here.Source:All Africa
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.
To read the article titled, “Over 70 children get treatment in Germany,” click here.Source:All Africa
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.
To read the article titled, “UN chief launches annual polio eradication drive,” click here.Source:All Africa
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.”
In December 2011, the International Monetary Fund reported that there was an unexplained US$32 billion discrepancy in the Angolan government’s accounts from 2007 through 2010.
To read the article titled, “End silence on missing funds,” click here.Source:Human Rights Watch