Transparency International calls on the Angolan authorities to stop the harassment of civil society activists

Issued by Transparency International Secretariat



Transparency International joined with Transparência e Integridade, Associação Cívica, its partner in Portugal and Rafael Marques de Morais, the winner of the 2013 Transparency International Integrity Award to call on the government of Angola to stop the harassment of civil society activists.

In his acceptance speech for the Integrity Award at a ceremony in Berlin on 8 November, Marques, a journalist from Angola, made a passionate plea for civil society to be given space to operate without harassment.

He dedicated the award to Manuel Chivonde Nito Alves, a 17 year-old activist who had been released from jail that day following his arrest for attempting to print T-shirts criticising the president of Angola, Africa’s second longest serving leader. The charges against Nito Alves, however, have not been dropped.

Transparency International and its network of more than 100 organisations work around the world to fight corruption and to create a safe space for civil society to speak up against corruption without persecution or fear of reprisal.

Angola ranks 101 out of 109 at the bottom of the 2013 CIVICUS Enabling Environment index, a study of how open and safe a country is for civil society activism.

###

Transparency International is the civil society organisation leading the fight against corruption


For any press enquiries please contact

Chris Sanders
E. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
T. +49 30 343820 666

Latest

Support Transparency International

Risky business: Europe’s golden visa programmes

Are EU Member States accepting too much risk in their investor migration schemes?

Future Against Corruption Award 2018

TI is calling on young people across the globe to join the anti-corruption movement. People between the age of 18 and 35 are invited to submit a short video clip presenting their idea on new ways to fight corruption. Three finalists will be invited to Berlin during the International Anti-Corruption Day festivities to be awarded with the Future Against Corruption Award. Apply today!

The Azerbaijani Laundromat one year on: has justice been served?

In September last year, a massive leak of bank records from 2012 to 2014 showed that the ruling elite of Azerbaijan ran a $3 billion slush fund and an international money laundering scheme. One year on, has enough been done to hold those involved to account?

Right to information: knowledge is power

The right to information is vital for preventing corruption. When citizens can access key facts and data from governments, it is more difficult to hide abuses of power and other illegal activities - governments can be held accountable.

Paradise lost among Maldives dodgy land deals

Should tourists run for cover as a storm of corruption allegations sweeps across the Maldives?

Foreign bribery rages unchecked in over half of global trade

There are many losers and few winners when companies bribe foreign public officials to win lucrative overseas contracts. In prioritising profits over principles, governments in most major exporting countries fail to prosecute companies flouting laws criminalising foreign bribery.

Ensuring that climate funds reach those in need

As climate change creates huge ecological and economic damage, more and more money is being given to at-risk countries to help them prevent it and adapt to its effects. But poorly governed climate finance can be diverted into private bank accounts and vanity projects, often leading to damaging effects.

Social Media

Follow us on Social Media