OHCHR’s strategy for the 2008-2009 biennium aims to strengthen the capacity of the Government and civil society to promote and to protect human rights. Given its limited capacity and the many operational challenges in working in the country, the Office has decided to focus on the provinces of Cabinda, Huambo and Lunda Norte.
OHCHR will continue to work to build the capacity of government institutions, such as the judiciary and the police, and that of the Ombudsman and civil society to promote and to protect human rights. OHCHR will support efforts to adopt a national human rights plan of action.
OHCHR Angola will raise awareness among the Government and civil society about the need to improve social policies and legal frameworks and to respect economic, social and cultural rights, particularly the rights to housing, food and health.
The political transition from a one-party State to democracy and rule of law is guaranteed by the country’s constitution, but has yet to be put into practice. The elections expected to take place in 2008 and in 2009 will be the first since 1992. OHCHR will advocate for respect for civil and political rights, particularly in the context of the electoral process.
The Office will also support improved access to justice, particularly for women and people living in poor and remote areas, by encouraging the use of alternative mechanisms for conflict resolution and ensuring that traditional authorities adhere to international standards.
OHCHR Angola will continue to support the country’s interaction with UN human rights mechanisms through ratification of core international instruments, reporting to treaty bodies, cooperation with special procedures of the Human Rights Council, and preparing for the Universal Periodic Review (Angola is due for review in early 2010).
OHCHR will continue to help incorporate a human rights-based approach in the UNDAF and UN agencies’ programming.