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OHCHR in Angola (2006-2007)


Background


United Nations human rights work in Angola began in 1995 with verification and peacekeeping operations. In 2002, following the end of the 27-year war in the country, the Security Council mandated the human rights section of the United Nations Mission in Angola (UNMA) to assist the Government in protecting and promoting human rights and in building institutions to consolidate peace and enhance the rule of law. OHCHR developed a project to support peace-building in the country following the termination of UNMA's mandate in February 2003.

The Government and civil society are beginning to come to terms with the country's human rights commitments and the challenges that lie ahead. The realization of social and economic rights is a major weakness, in stark contrast to the country's available resources. Access to justice is mostly limited to the capital. A process is underway to establish a national and provincial system of human rights plans-of-action and institutions. In the absence of a well-functioning judiciary, such a system is crucial for ensuring accountability in the organization of general elections -the first polls since 1992 and the first ever for Angola as an independent nation at peace.

During extensive consultations among OHCHR, Government institutions, other United Nations agencies, donors, and civil society groups, it was agreed that OHCHR should play a key role in the country's transition process and that it should remain in the country at least until the general elections are held. The Office extended its presence in the country to implement another two-year project through 2006 -2007 . This project focuses on working with the Government and civil society to consolidate peace and democracy, build respect for human rights and the rule of law, and promote respect for the social and economic rights of all Angolans.  

 

2006-2007 Programme


The Office aims to improve access to justice by mobilizing resources for the establishment and recognition of community-based mechanisms of conflict resolution, such as traditional systems, mediation, and counseling by local NGOs that comply with international human rights norms.

Considering the fact that United Nations presence in the country is decreasing rapidly --the structure of the Transitional Coordination Unit of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA/TCU) with a protection mandate does no longer exist - OHCHR is working towards strengthening the remaining United Nations field offices in order to ensure that the United Nations protection mandate can be fulfilled. The institutional basis for this will be the new Resident Coordinator's Unit (RCU). The Office will moreover focus on training local NGOs to improve their monitoring and protection capacities, and on improving duty-bearers' capacities to address protection issues, especially by training police officers in human rights principles.

The Office will promote better understanding and respect for social, economic, and cultural rights by training civil society actors in rights-based monitoring of development programmes, work with the rest of the UN system to emphasize Angola's human rights commitments related to the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) and link this to the process of preparing Angola's first report to the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, providing expert advice to the Office of the Ombudsman, and embarking on joint programmes with other United Nations agencies.

The Office will support training programmes, community promotion campaigns, and the integration of human rights into educational curricula as part of its effort to raise awareness about human rights. 

 

Expected Accomplishments


Enhanced national human rights protection systems, with increased knowledge and understanding of human rights by rights-holders and duty-bearers

Measures that will improve the access to justice will have been accepted and will be under implementation.

The enjoyment of civil and political rights is actively promoted, protected, and monitored, in particular in connection with the electoral process.

Increased understanding of economic, social, and cultural rights.

Human rights-based approach increasingly adopted by UN agencies in Angola.

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