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New government must consign to history the brutal suppression of human rights: The next president of Angola must guide the country out of the spiral of oppression that tainted the brutal 37-year reign of outgoing President José Eduardo dos Santos, Amnesty International said today as Angolans prepared to vote for a new leader.

The country goes to the polls on 23 August to elect a successor to Dos Santos, whose rule has been characterized by repeated attacks on the rights to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly.

“José Eduardo dos Santos’ presidency is marked by his appalling human rights record. For decades, Angolans have lived in a climate of fear in which speaking out was met with intimidation, imprisonment and enforced disappearance” said Deprose Muchena, Amnesty International’s Regional Director for Southern Africa.

“Whatever the result of the upcoming election, the next Angolan government must end the systemic abuse of the justice system and other state institutions to brutally silence dissent.”

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New government must consign to history the brutal suppression of human rights: The next president of Angola must guide the country out of the spiral of oppression that tainted the brutal 37-year reign of outgoing President José Eduardo dos Santos, Amnesty International said today as Angolans prepared to vote for a new leader.The country goes to the polls on 23 August to elect a successor to Dos Santos, whose rule has been characterized by repeated attacks on the rights to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly.“José Eduardo dos Santos’ presidency is marked by his appalling human rights record. For decades, Angolans have lived in a climate of fear in which speaking out was met with intimidation, imprisonment and enforced disappearance” said Deprose Muchena, Amnesty International’s Regional Director for Southern Africa.“Whatever the result of the upcoming election, the next Angolan government must end the systemic abuse of the justice system and other state institutions to brutally silence dissent.”