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Angola chairs Security Council but refuses to release human rights defender

, Index number: AFR 12/3631/2016

Angola is holding the Presidency of the UN Security Council in New York throughout March 2016. The Angolan authorities appear to be proud of this fact and have stressed their willingness to engage in peacebuilding and stability around the world, particularly in the Great Lakes Region of Central Africa. Angola is also actively engaged at other UN bodies and mechanisms, such as the Human Rights Council and the UN Treaty bodies. And yet, at home, Angola continues to disregard the recommendations of the United Nations in relation to its own human rights situation.

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