15 February 2010

Angola: Optimism On Results of Human Rights Report

Geneva — The Angolan delegation to the 7th session of the Universal Periodical Review (UPR), a UN human rights monitoring mechanism, is optimistic about the results of the debate on its report on the last development of human rights in Angola to be issued Tuesday.

Presenting the report on Friday, the Angolan secretary of state for external relations, George Chicoty, ensured that Angola is now a different country in terms of promotion and protection of the rights of its citizens.

According to Mr Chicoty, Angola is starting now a new cycle marked by the proclamation of a new Constitution which ends the transitional period and estblishes the rule of law and a democratic state, after the experiences lived in different periods of the Angolan history.

He stressed the UPR importance as a forum of international cooperation allowing the self-evaluation, strengthening of institutional capacity and the creation of objective conditions to improve human rights conditions.

He admitted that there are many things still to be done in the fields of development financing but stated that the fairer and clearer the laws can be, there are thinks that need time to de done.

The Angolan government report deserved recognition from the member states for the progress achieved in short time of peace with particular emphasis to poverty reduction, strengthening of democracy, education and the representativity of women in different sectors of the society, namely in parliament.

The Angolan newly proclaimed constitution was commended by some countries which recommended Angola to proceed with its initiatives in order to adapt the legal system to the new constitution.

Canada, India, Ireland, Egypt and Korea considered the new constitutuion a guarantee of stability and democracy allowing a better protection of citizens rights and other countries urged Angola to strenghten the combat of violence agaisnt woman, child sexual exploitation, the situation of so-called witch kids, adequate housing and to accelerate the process of adhesion to some international treaties on human rights.

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