Internationally renowned journalist Rafael Marques de Morais and Mariano Bras Lourenco are charged by Angola with crimes against the state.
The Angolan government should urgently and impartially investigate police use of force to disperse a peaceful protest in the capital, Luanda. The police beat activists with batons and injured at least four protesters using police dogs.
Renowned Angolan journalist tells CPJ a prosecutor questioned him for three hours before charging him over an article that alleged wrongdoing by Angola’s attorney general.
The law grants the government and ruling party expansive power to interfere with the work of journalists, and potentially to prevent reporting on corruption or human rights abuses.
Serious concerns follow the deployment of Angolan military police over protests against the demolition of 625 homes.
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.
17 Angolan activists, known as the Luanda Book Club, were sentenced to between 2-8 years in prison after having gathered to read Domingos da Cruz’s unpublished manuscript Tools to Destroy a Dictatorship and Avoiding a New Dictatorship – Political Philosophy for the Liberation of Angola.
Angolan human rights activist José Marcos Mavungo was sentenced to six years in prison on charges of rebellion for his alleged role in planning an anti-government protest that did not even take place.
Rafael Marques de Morais was given a six-month prison sentence over his book outlining human rights abuses connected with the country’s diamond mining industry. The sentence came despite an out-of-court settlement reached last week that led Angolan generals to withdraw their complaints for defamation.
On 21 May 2015, a court in Angola indicated that libel charges against Rafael Marques de Morais – the author of Blood Diamonds: Torture and Corruption in Angola – would be dropped, but on 25 May 2015, the public prosecutor said he would proceed with a conviction.
Rafael Marques de Morais faced nine defamation charges over his 2011 book, “Blood Diamonds: Torture and Corruption in Angola,” in which he documented the torture and murder of villagers by private security forces in diamond mines.
Winner of this year’s Index on Censorship award for journalism, de Morais is facing 15 libel charges and 9 charges for criminal defamation arising from his 2012 book, Blood Diamonds: Corruption and torture in Angola.
Journalist Rafael Marques de Morais faces defamation charges over a book which describes how Angolan military officials and private security companies committed human rights abuses against Angolan villagers in the course of diamond mining operations.
As the 15 member states of SADC prepare to meet for the 34th Summit of Heads of State and Government in Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe on August 17 and 18, 2014, the three human rights organizations drew attention to serious human rights concerns in Angola, Malawi, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.