Ombudsman of Angola

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Le "Provedor de Justiça" is the Angolan Ombudsman. The Mediator of the Republic of Angola, established in 2005, is an independent public body which aims at defending the rights and freedoms of the citizens by ensuring justice and legality of public administration through informal means.


[edit] Provedor

  • Since April 2005: Paulo Tjipilica

[edit] Assessment 2009

The Mediator of Justice takes stock of his mandate [1]. Paulo Tjipilica has considered positive the performance assessment of his institution, despite some constraints he encountered during these four years of function.

At the end of his term, the magistrate has declared to Angop that the activity performed during this cycle is contained in the report sent to the National Assembly.

According to him, his daily task was essentially focused on the reception of the public and to clarify the usefulness of the service provided by the Mediator of Justice that has involved trips to the provinces.

To proceed to clarifications regarding the available services, he said, he went to various regions except Zaire, Namibe and Malange.

Paulo Tjipilica has announced as a goal the establishment of his services across all localities as soon as conditions, especially human resources, would be gathered.

He has also announced the opening of branches for his service in Cunene, Bie and Huambo.

The Mediator of Justice has been elected in 2005 for a four-year mandate, as provided for by the Constitutional Law and the Statute of the Mediator of Justice.

The Mediator of Justice is an independent public body which aims at defending the rights, freedoms and guarantees of citizens by ensuring justice and legality of public administration through informal means.

[edit] Viewpoint 2007

Recently and following the official visit of the Ombudsman of Mali, AngolaPress provides some information about the Provedor - Mediator of the Republic of Angola, Paulo Tjipilica who has been elected in April 2005 for a four-year mandate by the Angolan Parliament.

But Paulo Tjipilica has been during ten years the Minister of Justice of this same government which delays for over two years the realization of free elections. How someone so close to political power can defend the rights, freedoms and guarantees of citizens in a country whose freedom of expression is still something to build up and which is still considered as one of the most corrupted countries of the world?

This is may be the reason why, in May 2007, facing the report of Amnesty International denouncing human rights violations and the report of Human Rights Watch regarding the expulsions of the poorest living in the capital Luanda that have been exercised with a coercive and authoritarian manner, Paulo Tijuca reportedly would have declared that the document was "empty and without depth" (Apostolado - Editado por AD, Wednesday 30th, May 2007). Nevertheless, he admitted that such complaints were indicative, but because of a lack of means of this new organization that Angolan population was aware of, many complainants had to relieve themselves with "a mere consolation". Recognition of victim status would be therefore sufficient to end the conflict!

Despite "this lack of means" in a country that had during two years the largest growth rate in the world, the Ministry of Justice of Angola announced, during the "International Seminar on Alternative Conflict Resolution Methods", the creation of conflict mediation centers.

However for the Angolan government, the existence of such centers is first of all an expression of openness and transparency regarding public affairs...

[edit] UALP and Human Rights

The Mediator of Justice, Paulo Tjipilica, highlighted the importance of creating the Union des Avocats de langue Portugaise (UALP) (Union of Portuguese-speaking Lawyers) in Portuguese-speaking African countries [2].

[edit] Notes and References

The Mediator of Justice establishes a positive assessment of his mandate (in French)

Angola: Importance of the creation of UALP within Portuguese-speaking African countries - April 20, 2009 (in French)

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