Mass Evictions Ignored by UN in World Habitat Day in
Angola, As Arms Trial Begins
Byline: Matthew Russell Lee of
Inner City Press at the UN: News Analysis
October 6 -- The UN chose Angola's
capital Luanda as the place to celebrate "Harmonious Cities" today.
At UN headquarters, Inner City Press asked the UN's Spokesperson to
criticism of the selection, based on the many forced evictions carried
Luanda. The Spokesperson said that UN-Habitat chief Anna
the contrary commended Angola for social housing, and said that the UN
"stands by Angola."
But did she
or the UN express any concerns about the forced evictions? "No comment
that," the Spokesperson said. Video here.
Tibaijuka is respected in much of the UN system for her earlier report
evictions in Zimbabwe. Perhaps she feels the situation in Angola is not
and therefore merits no comment at all. Or perhaps she feels its best
UN or UN Habitat to offer unconditional support to Angola. Her silence
questions, however. When next UN-Habitat speaks about evictions
old saw of double standards will be raised.
Ban Ki-moon and Anna Tibaijuka, Angolan
mass evictions and comments not shown
here is a portion of an Amnesty International report
on evictions in Angola:
"On the same day, 77
families in Bairro 28 de Agosto and 23 families in Banga Wé were
evicted from their homes, which were then demolished. Six days later,
November, 70 heavily armed police officers from the Fifth Police
together with military police, soldiers, members of a private security
and private demolition personnel, reappeared in the Cambamba
continue with the forced evictions and house demolitions."
Tibaijuka and UN-Habitat, as stated by the UN's Ban
Ki-moon's Spokesperson on World Habitat Day, have
no comment on this?
other Angola issues in the days news. In Paris,
the trial is set to begin in a matter begun when Angolan president
Santos, who has held power the country since 1979, contacted arms
Pierre Falcone in 1992 with Luanda subject to a United Nations arms
charged is Jean-Cristophe Mitterrand, son of the president from 1981 to
now facing prison time on bribery, embezzlement and complicity in
of Angolan involvement in breaking a UN arms embargo is being
opposed by the government, whose lawyer Francis Teitgen says that the
authorities are against "public discussion of [national security]
in a foreign court." Apparently,
they are against public discussion of mass evictions as well, and the
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