Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Angola: AU mission in to assess human rights in Angola

Source: Government of Angola - A delegation of the African Commission for Human and People Rights (ACHPR) arrived in Luanda today on a 8-day visit to assess the progress achieved in the implementation of human rights in Angola.

The head of the delegation and the commission special rapporteur for Angola, Sioyata Maiga, told Angop that the visit takes place within a program to assess progress obtained in the impelementation of human rights in african countries, stating that during the visit the delegation will take the opportunity to known what the government is doing for the promotion of human rights and the main difficulties faced.

The delegation is expected to meet government officials, representatives of the civil society organizations, MPs and the courts to discuss issues related to the african declaration of human and people rights and to the angolan constitution.

In her capacity as special rapporteur of woman special rights near the African Union, Sioyata Maiga will also learn about the angolan woman position in parliament and in government, the maternal and child health, access to land and other problems contributing to the female promotion in Angola.

The delegation is also expected to make a sort of recommendations to the government related to the condition of refugees, returnees, detainees and the people's general conditions, following the last visit of a similar delegation to Angola in August 2002.

Sioyata Maiga acknowledged the efforts made by Angola on human rights issues, since the end of the war in 2002, and said to understand the sacrifices endured by a country which faced recently an armed conflict.

During the visit the AU mission is expected to meet the minister of external relations, Assunção dos Anjos, and the secretary of state for human rights, António Bento Bembe.

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