Category Archives: Human Rights

Angola and US strengthen human rights cooperation

Luanda – Angola and the United States of America Thursday in Luanda discussed matters concerning cooperation on human rights between the two countries, Angop learned.

This was during an audience Angolan minister of Justice and Human Rights, Francisco Queiroz, granted to the US ambassador to Angola, Nina Fite.

Speaking to journalists at the end of the audience, ambassador Nine Fite said the meeting examined the possibility of a teleconference this year for an exchange of views on the human rights issue, and how cooperation in this field could be reinforced.

On the occasion, the US diplomat praised Angola for its commitment to training of personnel in the field of human rights, with stress to an agreement just signed with various universities focusing on human rights awareness.

Early this month in Geneva, Angola defended social justice and equality among peoples and rejected all doctrines of exclusion based on racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and intolerance.

 

 

 

Source: Angola Press News Agency

 

Angola signs protocols for handicap people’s rights

Luanda – Angola signed last Wednesday the Protocol on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and another one on the Rights of Older Persons in Africa, both contained in the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights.

On a note to which ANGOP has had access, the Angolan Embassy in Ethiopia states that the documents were signed by the permanent representative of Angola to the African Union (AU), Francisco da Cruz, in a ceremony held at the headquarters of this institution, in Addis-Ababa.

Francisco da Cruz is also Angola’s ambassador to Ethiopia.

Within the scope of its specific provisions, the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights stipulates in Article 18 that the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities are entitled to special protective measures, in accordance with their physical and moral needs.

In Angola, citizens with disabilities enjoy full rights and are subject to the duties enshrined in the Constitution, with the State adopting the policy of prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and integration, as well as supporting their families and removing obstacles to their mobility.

The same policies are also aimed at sensitizing society in relation to duties, inclusion, respect and solidarity with citizens with disabilities, promoting and supporting special education, plus technical and professional training.

The State has approved several legal instruments that protect and guarantee the rights of people with disabilities, such as the Law on Persons with Disabilities and the Accessibility Law.

There are also presidential decrees on the Regulation of the Reservation of Vacancies and Procedures for Hiring Persons with Disabilities, Intervention Strategy for the Social Integration of Children with Disabilities, Strategy for the Protection of Persons with Disabilities, plus the Policy on Persons with Disabilities.

Regarding the Convention on the Rights of Older Persons in Africa, it is the responsibility of the AU member states to obey the provision in its different articles, namely, the eradication of Discrimination Against the Elderly, as well as Access to Justice and Equality before the Law and the Right to Make Decisions.

They must also ensure Protection Against Employment Discrimination, Social Protection, Protection of Elderly Women, Home Care, Protection of Elderly People with Disabilities, Protection of Elderly People in Conflict and Disaster Situations, Access to Health Services and Access to Education.

The act of signatures that took place on 17th of June is the result of coordination among the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights, Ministry of Social Action, Family and Promotion of Women and the Ministry of ​​Foreign Affairs.

 

 

Source: Angola Press News Agency

 

Angola defends social justice in Geneva

Luanda – Angola defended last Friday, in Geneva, Switzerland, social justice and equality among peoples, banning all exclusion doctrines centred on racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and intolerance.

According to the Angolan representative to the United Nations Offices and other international organizations in Geneva, Margarida Izata, Angola is in favour of a comprehensive order based on inclusion, social justice, equality and equity, dignity and respect for cultural diversity and universal rights.

The ambassador, who was speaking through videoconference on the presentation of the 2019 annual report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, reiterated the Angolan commitment to labouring over its international obligations, with stress on the Right to Development, Women’s Rights and Gender Parity.

On the other hand, she highlighted that the repatriation of funds illegally taken out of the country should be taken seriously by the Council of Human Rights, due to its importance on promoting the economic, social and cultural rights, especially for those countries that make effort to comply with their obligations.

“Illegal funds must be repatriated unconditionally to their countries of origin, including through the adoption of a renewed commitment to resolving the problem of illicit financial flows and its negative effect on the efforts of developing countries”, emphasised the diplomat.

Margarida Izata praised the comprehensive presentation of the 2019 Annual Report on Human Rights, published in special conditions due to the covid-19 pandemic, therefore, hoping that the initiative of the work is not affected by the measures approved on the fight against the disease.

 

Source: Angola Press News Agency

UNICEF urges redoubled attention to children

Luanda – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Monday called on the Angolan government to continue to take action to prevent the covid-19 pandemic from becoming a crisis for the children’s rights.

In a message on World Children’s Day, sent to ANGOP, UNICEF highlights the need to ensure that children and families have access to water and sanitation and hygienic conditions, access to basic services such as routine vaccination, prenatal consultations and nutrition services.

The institution also requests Angolan government to provide ongoing support to families through social protection programmes to protect children from violence, exploitation and abuse.

The organization reiterates the shared responsibility of families, civil society, political leaders, private partners, international organizations and donors to ensure the necessary support for child welfare.

In the meantime, the UNICEF recognizes that since the ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (1990), despite numerous economic, political and social challenges, Angola has taken significant steps to ensure the integral development of the children.

“Through a national agenda guided by 11 commitments to children, political leaders, international partners, private and social partners share responsibilities to make children a top priority, reads the message.

 

Source: Angola Press News Agency