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Angola: Extrajudicial executions and torture in Cabinda

, Index number: AFR 12/002/1998

This document deals with a little-known war in Cabinda between government soldiers and armed opposition groups. The situation deteriorated in 1997 and Angolan troops are reported to have carried out raids on camps in the Republic of Congo holding Cabindan refugees. There are reports of extrajudicial executions of unarmed civilians following clashes between the army and armed opposition groups. Torture is used to intimidate or punish suspected political oppoinents and the document gives an example from January 1995. The government consistently fails to investigate reports of beatings, torture, threats and killings by armed forces. Armed opposition groups have also taken hostages.

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