UN Panel Told That Angola Needs Better Implementation

16 October 2014

Angola is not doing enough to implement its right to information law, according to a statement made by the Africa Freedom of Information Centre to a United Nations body.

The statement was made by Gilbert Sendugwa, AFIC’s Coordinator & Head of Secretariat, at an Oct. 7 meeting under the auspices of the Human Rights Council. The Universal Periodic Review is a unique process which involves a review of the human rights records of all UN Member States and ultimately recommendations about actions to be taken.

AFIC suggested three things:

  1. Government should in collaboration with civil society develop and implement a comprehensive Freedom of Information Action Implementation Programme with clear actions, time frames and resources to advance the right to information in the country.
  2. Set up the Freedom of Information Monitoring Commission provided for under the current Freedom of Information Act.
  3. Amend the Freedom of Information Act to bring it in line with regional and international standards.
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