1 December 2012

Angola: Multi-Sector Delegation Works in Lunda Norte

Luanda — A multi-sector delegation, led by the Foreign Affairs minister, Georges Chikoti, left Friday for the north-eastern Lunda Norte Province where he will make an assessment of the probe launched into the allegations of violations of human rights.

These investigations happen in the sequence of the publication, in October 2010, by Margot Wallstrom, special representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, of the report on Sexual Violence in Post-Conflict Countries, specifically in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, between March 2003 and July 2010, in which Angola is being accused of commiting serious acts of violations.

The violations, namely sexual abuses against women, were allegedly committed by military of the Angolan Armed Forces (FAA) that were deployed in DRC.

Speaking briefly to ANGOP, at the 4 de Fevereiro International Airport, Georges Chicoti, informed that in fulfilment of a recommendation made at a meeting with Margot Wallstrom, in 2011, Angola pledged to collect evidences, mainly documental evidence, throughout an investigation process, based on the code of conduct of the Armed Forces and National Police, as well as conduct other investigations to make all those involved in the violations accountable.

Afterwards, he revealed, the results of the investigations to be conducted by Angola will be submitted to the United Nations.

The delegation led by the Foreign minister comprises representatives of the ministries of Defence, Interior, Foreign Affairs, Justice, Social Assistance and Reintegration, and Mass Media.

The team also includes representatives of the Embassy of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the United Nations in Angola.

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