HRW: Angola Jails Teenager for ‘T-Shirt Crime’
October 10, 2013: How do you know when the human rights situation in a country has sunk to a new low? How about when a 17-year-old boy is thrown into solitary confinement for weeks, without access to family, lawyers, or medical care, just for ordering T-shirts? This is exactly what happened to Manuel Chivonde Baptista Nito Alves, an Angolan teenager known by his surname, Nito Alves, who was arrested on September 12 in Luanda, Angola’s capital, one week before a protest he had helped organize.
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace: What Price for Angola’s Oil and Diamonds?
October 10, 2013: José Manuel Barroso receives hundreds of letters every day. The people who write to him hope that he will use his influence as president of the European Commission to help them. Nearly a month ago, Barroso received such a letter from two prominent NGOs, the International Press Institute and the Media Legal Defense Initiative. They asked him to intervene in the case of Rafael Marques de Morais, an Angolan journalist and human rights activist who faces criminal charges for exposing abuses in his country.
BusinessWeek: Angola Bulldozers Give Slum Dwellers New Life Amid Oil Boom (2)
October 9, 2013: The Angolan government has accelerated the razing of slums since the removals began in 2001, after rural people sought refuge during a 27-year civil war. It’s moving residents to the Zango development zone, constructed by Brazil’s Odebrecht SA about 40 kilometers (25 miles) inland.
OSISA: Silencing Angola’s youth
October 2, 2013: On the sidelines of the recent United Nations General Assembly meetings in New York, Angola invited investors to a business forum. Vice President Manuel Vicente – who remains under the scrutiny of the US regulator, the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) regarding ownership of oil shares – told his audience how the country was “experimenting with a process of political and economic transformation which is consolidating the democratic institutions.”