Charges leveled against both human rights defenders are termed as crimes against the security of the state. These crimes carry a penalty of 10 – 15 years in jail.
Dissent in Angola is frequently dealt with repressively, and often violently, by the different authorities. Amnesty International has documented how the rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly have been unlawfully restricted in Angola in its report Punishing Dissent: Suppression of Freedom of Association and Assembly in Angola (Index AFR 12/004/2014).
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