28 February 2013

Angola: Country Makes Progress in Implementing Vienna Declaration

Geneva — The Angolan minister of Justice and Human Rights, Rui Mangueira, last Wednesday in Geneva, Switzerland, said that Angola has made progresses in the political and socioeconomic fields, in the process of implementing the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action.

The minister said so when delivering a speech at the 22nd Session of the Human Rights Council, having underlined that "this effort represents a fundamental step for the consolidation of democracy, rule of law and respect for human rights and fundamental liberties".

He informed that an inter-sectoral commission for human rights has been created recently aimed at strengthening the partnership with institutions in the area of human rights in the civil society and the United Nations system.

According to the minister, the co-operation with the human rights mechanisms has also been strengthened with the visits of officials responsible for mandates and special procedures as a result of the ratification of various regional and international instruments related to human rights.

Rui Mangueira also informed that Angola is part of the main instruments in the field of human rights and this month the country presented its sixth report on the international convention on the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women. In March it will be presented the second report on the implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

In his speech, the Angolan official highlighted that in ten years of peace, Angola has done its best to promote good governance and respect for human rights, rule of law and fundamental liberties, having created the Constitutional Court, the Audit Court, the Ombudsman Office and a Commission to Reform the Justice System.

The minister mentioned also the advances made in the field of economic democracy, the creation of the legal framework to enable the access of people to financial loans and the measures that have been taken with the aim of facilitating the access to housing and land.

In regard to gender, he said, it has been established quotas to promote equality in harmony with the Millennium Objectives Goals.

Rui Mangueira stressed that since the World Conference on Human Rights, the democratization and economic reform process in Africa has had concrete progresses.

Finally, the Angolan Justice minister expressed Angola's concern in regard to the situation in Syria, having appealed for a peaceful solution to the conflict in that part of the world, as well as in Mali, in which Angola supports the efforts of the African Union and the International Community.

He also declared that Angola equally supports the efforts of the Palestinian people and the International Community towards bringing a lasting peace for the Palestinian people.

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