20 February 2013

Angola: Justice Minister Announces Better Human Rights Protection

Benguela — The minister of Justice and Human Rights, Rui Mangueira, said Wednesday in central Benguela province that his department has a plan to ensure the implementation in 2013 of actions and measures of promotion and protection of human rights, in partnership with the civil society.

The official was speaking at the opening of the 8th Consultative Council of the Justice Ministry going until Friday in Benguela.

Rui Mangueira said on the occasion that with the development of human rights education and awareness raising programmes and observation of citizenship rights, the situation of human rights could improve based on the guiding principles of the public policies and international relations.

He mentioned that the agenda for the sector's annual activity includes legislation on money bleaching, terrorism funding as, he added, there is need to regulate the penalisation for crimes involving such practices.

The minister also announced that a review of the Law on Nationality is in its completion stage.

According to the minister, the Justice and Human Rights Ministry's agenda for 2013 will cover other areas currently in need of updated legislation.

He mentioned the case of the Ministry's Organic Statute which, due to the new structural arrangement of the Executive and of the ministries, requires adjustments.

He stated as well that the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights is engaged in a detailed work on the management of careers and promotion of its workers.

The minister defended a detailed approach to the existing legislation on careers, in order to enable the workers to make progress through the merit of their work.

To this end, Rui Mangueira mentioned the need for specialised external consultancy to help create a database centrally and in the provinces of the country.

This, he added, will improve the planning of the human resources existing and their better and balanced distribution according to the needs for justice aid services.

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