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Teenagers Killed By Angolan Police Enforcing Virus Curbs – Amnesty

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Teenagers Killed By Angolan Police Enforcing Virus Curbs - Amnesty

Rights group, Amnesty International and Angolan campaign group Omunga have found in an investigation, that Angolan security forces have killed at least seven teenagers – between May and July, while enforcing measures to curb the spread of Coronavirus.

The rights bodies say the youngest victim was a 14-year-old boy, Marito, who was shot in may while out on a shopping errand.

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Amnesty International’s director for east and southern Africa, Deprose Muchena, said “one teenage boy was shot in the face while he lay injured; another was killed when police fired on a group of friends practicing at a sports field.  All the killings took place in poor neighbourhoods of the capital, Luanda.

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The rights groups say, a state of emergency is no excuse for what it calls such outrageous human rights violations. It alleges that officers from the Angolan national police and Angolan armed forces are suspected to be responsible for the killings.

The rights bodies have urged Angolan authorities to ensure their ongoing investigations are swift, independent and impartial. They also called for those suspected of human rights violations and abuses to be held accountable as they demand justice, truth and reparation for victims’ families.

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Bah Ndaw Sworn In As Mali’s Transitional President Following Coup

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Bah Ndaw Sworn In As Mali’s Transitional President Following Coup

Mali’s new interim president Bah Nda`w has been sworn into office today, Friday at a ceremony in the nation`s capital, Bamako.  The former defence minister and retired army colonel was picked by coup leader, Colonel Assimi Goita, to head a transitional government until elections are held. Colonel Assimi Goita, will serve as deputy president.

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Nda`w said, in his inauguration speech, that he will end militant insurgency in the country’s north and stop organized crime.

The military junta in Mali took over power and forced Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta out of office five weeks ago. ECOWAS leaders have overseen negotiations for a return to democracy.  The appointment of a civilian president was a condition for the west African regional group, ECOWAS, to lift the sanctions it earlier imposed after the coup.

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Mali leaders are hoping ECOWAS will lift sanctions on the country after the inauguration. The new government is expected to be in office for a transition period of 18 months that will lead to an election.

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