The United Nations has called for the release of the Angolan human rights activist José Marcos Mavung who has been detained by the government.
The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary detention (UNWGAD) has condemned the detention and conviction of Mavung saying it is arbitrary and violates international law.
Mavung was arrested in March 2015 and faced charges of rebellion and was convicted in September 2015, sentenced to 6 years in prison. He was accused of organizing a demonstration over human rights violations and bad governance, reported the American Bar Association (ABA)
ABA President, Paulette Brown, said “freedom of expression and peaceful assembly are fundamental to a democracy and no one should be detained for legitimately exercising these rights.
“The ABA calls upon the government of Angola to respect the UNWGAD’s decision and immediately release José Marcos Mavungo.”
Morrison & Foerster LLP, supported by the Southern African Litigation Centre, ACAT France, ABA, the Center for Human Rights and Front Line Defenders, petitioned UNWGAD to speak out about the human rights violations and press Angola to release Mavungo.