1 May 2013

Angola: Spotlight

The latest press coverage on corruption, human rights abuses, violations of freedom of the press and socio-economic exclusion in Angola:

The Telegraph: BP gathers rich rewards in Angola

April 29, 2013: If Angola's pre-salt does prove to be anything like as good as Brazil's, Morris says, "the oil industry in Angola is in for a superb future". What impact it might have on the rest of Angola is less clear. The country emerged from almost three decades of civil war in 2002.

It is already Africa's second biggest oil producer, with oil accounting for about three-quarters of government revenues. But, as the US Energy Information Administration notes, "much of the oil wealth in the country does not find its way to the average citizen".

UNOG: High Commissioner Urges Reduction of Disparities That Have Developed Between the Richest and Poorest in Angola

April 24, 2013: "Two issues that have consistently been brought to my attention are the huge disparities that have developed between the richest and the poorest, and the sometimes harsh methods used to evict people from land earmarked for development, especially in and around Luanda.

In my talks with President dos Santos this morning, I stressed the importance of reducing these disparities over the next four or five years. Related issues such as corruption, unemployment, high cost of living and extreme poverty need to be tackled before disillusionment starts to set in, especially among the country's youth."

Reuters: U.N. rights chief urges Angola to cut 'huge' rich-poor gap

April 24, 2013: he United Nations' top human rights official urged Angola's government on Wednesday to reduce the huge disparities between rich and poor that have developed in the oil-rich country despite considerable progress since the end of a 27-year civil war in 2002.

Angola, which is Africa's No. 2 oil producer, has posted rapid growth since the end of the war, but opposition parties and rights groups have long accused President Jose Eduardo dos Santos of doing too little to combat widespread poverty.

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