Angola: Scores Detained, Convicted After Forced Evictions Human Rights Watch (Johannesburg) – The Angolan police have arrested dozens of people who were victims of forced eviction and the demolition of their homes in early February 2013, Human...
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Between February 1 and 3, the Angolan government deployed security forces, to forcibly evict at least 5,000 poor residents living in an informal settlement that had emerged in recent years in the Maiombe neighborhood in Luanda’s peripheral Cacuaco municipality. The residents had no formal warning of the evictions. The authorities did not ensure that the people evicted had access to alternative shelter or sufficient time for everyone to safely evacuate their personal belongings. The residents who protested against the authorities were immediately detained. The police also started beating the protestors with their batons, kicked them with their boots and randomly arresting people.
I think that the security forces should have given the residents ample time to clear the place. Although, the detainees were given a court-appointed defense lawyer, the detainees’ relatives were told later that they were not permitted to challenge the charges by addressing the court themselves or by calling witnesses. The accused had no chance to say more than a yes or no, and they were all convicted immediately afterward. This violates Articles 9, 10, 11 of the Universal Declaration Of Human Rights. Also, I think that this is quite an unfair practice and I feel that the detainees should be given a chance to defend themselves.
Meaning of words:
1) Eviction – expel some one from a property (esp. with the support of the law)
2) Municipality – a city or a town that has corporate status and local government