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Angola: Charges against Arão Bula Tempo dropped

July 24, 2016

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On 11 July 2016, the Provincial Court of Cabinda dropped the charges against lawyer Arão Bula Tempo due to a lack of evidence. L4L welcomes this decision.

On 14 March 2015, Arão Bula Tempo was arrested in connection to his alleged involvement in the organization of a peaceful protest against human rights violations and bad governance in the Angolan province of Cabinda. He was caught on 22 October 2015, with the crimes of attempted “collaboration with foreigners to constrain the Angolan state” and rebellion.

Earlier this year, L4L called on the authorities to drop the charges against Arão Bula Tempo if they have been brought against him solely because of his human rights work and his exercise of his right to freedom of expression.

Arão Bula Tempo is a human rights lawyer and President of the Provincial Council of the Angolan Bar Association in Cabinda. Since 1998, he has been actively denouncing human rights violations committed by state agents, including arbitrary detention, torture and summary executions.

Angola Charges against Arão Bula Tempo dropped

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-07-15/angola-drops-all-charges-against-activist-arao-bula-tempo

http://pt.rfi.fr/angola/20160713-cabinda-absolvicao-do-advogado-arao-tempo (PORTUGUESE)

http://www.amnesty.fr/Presse/Communiques-de-presse/Angola-abandon-des-charges-contre-un-avocat-est-une-victoire-pour-la-liberte-expression-et-de-reunio-18810 (FRENCH)

https://www.es.amnesty.org/en-que-estamos/noticias/noticia/articulo/angola-la-retirada-de-los-cargos-contra-un-abogado-de-derechos-humanos-una-victoria-para-la-libert/ (SPANISH)

Angola: Arão Bula Tempo officially charged with ‘rebellion’

February 5, 2016

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On 3 February 2016, L4L sent letters to the authorities of Angola to raise concerns about the official charging of human rights lawyer Arão Bula Tempo.

Arão Bula Tempo is a human rights lawyer and President of the Provincial Council of the Angolan Bar Association in Cabinda. Since 1998, he has been actively denouncing human rights violations committed by state agents, including arbitrary detention, torture and summary executions.

On 22 October 2015, Arão Bula Tempo was formally charged with the crimes of attempted “collaboration with foreigners to constrain the Angolan state” and rebellion. He is accused of inviting foreign journalists from the Republic of Congo to cover a peaceful protest against bad governance in Cabinda Province, Angola. If prosecuted and found guilty, he faces up to twelve years in jail.

Angola Arão Bula Tempo officially charged with ‘rebellion’

Angola: Concerns about the Situation of Mr. Arão Bula Tempo

December 28, 2015

On October 22, 2015, Mr. Arão Bula Tempo, a lawyer and President of the Angola Provincial Bar Association Council in Cabinda, was charged with attempt to “collaborate with foreigners with a view to coercing the Angolan State” (which bears a maximum sentence of 5 years imprisonment) and rebellion (a maximum sentence of 12 years imprisonment).

He was arrested on March 14, 2015 and was released conditionally two months later.

Mr Tempo was accused of having invited journalists from the Republic of Congo to cover a peaceful demonstration – which he had helped organise – against what the organisers considered poor governance and corruption.

The UIA wrote to the President of the Angola National Bar Association to express its concerns insofar as the proceedings against Mr. Arão Bula Tempo were evidently initiated solely due to his human rights defence activities and his exercise of his right to freedom of expression

http://www.uianet.org/en/content/concerns-about-situation-mr-ar%C3%A3o-bula-tempo