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Angola: Information on human rights violations committed by members of UNITA (National Union for the Total Independence of Angola)

Publisher Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada
Author Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada
Publication Date 1 October 1997
Citation / Document Symbol AGO28011.E
Cite as Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Angola: Information on human rights violations committed by members of UNITA (National Union for the Total Independence of Angola), 1 October 1997, AGO28011.E, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3ae6aca523.html [accessed 22 December 2014]
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Detailed information on human rights violations committed by members of the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) could not be found  among the sources consulted by the Research Directorate.

Allegations of human rights abuses have been directed against UNITA and its leader Jonas Savimbi (Africa Confidential 3 July 1992, 2). In 1992, two UNITA officials, General Miguel N'Zau Puna and General Tony de Costa Fernandes, defected  and accused UNITA of human rights abuses and political killings including those of Tito Chingunji, a former UNITA representative in Washington, and Wilson dos Santos, a former UNITA representative in Lisbon (Keesing's Mar.1992, 38803). In 1996, the governor of Huila, Kundi Payama, charged that UNITA had killed 50 civilians in a massacre and a mayor of a village in Huila stated that UNITA had killed another 15 in his village (Africa Research Bulletin 29 Feb. 1996, 12124). Additional information on human rights violations committed by UNITA between 1990 and 1996 can be found in the annual reports and country specific reports of Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch which are available at the Regional Documentation Centres. Please also consult the attached report from the United Nations Economic and Social Council concerning human rights violations by UNITA.

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum. Please see the list of additional sources consulted in preparing this Information Request.

References

Africa Confidential [London]. 3 July 1992. Vol.33, No.13. "Angola: Two Elephants Fight."

Africa Research Bulletin: Political, Social and Cultural Series [Oxford]. 29 Feb. 1996. Vol. 33, No.1. "Angola: New Peace Efforts?"

Keesing's Record of World Events [Cambridge]. March 1992. Vol. 38, No. 3. "Angola: Defection of Senior UNITA Officials."

Attachment

United Nations. Economic and Social Council.Commission on Human Rights. 8 January 1993.(E/CN.4/1993/18). "Report on the Question of the Use of Mercenaries as a Means of Violating Human Rights and Impeding the Exercise of the Right of Peoples to Self-determination," pp. 26-30.

Additional Sources Consulted

New African [London]. 1993 to present.

Electronic sources: IRB Databases, REFWORLD (UNHCR database).

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