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Mozambique faces many challenges with regard to human rights in the years ahead, according to the first report of the Mozambican Bar Association (OAM) on the subject, launched yesterday in Maputo.
According to Nair Teles, one of the researchers involved in producing of the annual report, “the country still has a lot of work to do regarding gender issues, the elderly, albinism and food security, for example”.
She acknowledged however that significant progress had been made, and that a permanent dialogue was being established between the government and civil society.
The document produced by the Human Rights Commission of the Order of Lawyers (CDHOAM) assessed the degree of compliance with human rights and the weaknesses in their implementation in 2015.
The study considered access to justice, the prison system, arbitrary executions, social and economic rights, vulnerable groups and minorities, trafficking in persons, freedom of the press and access to information and foreign investment.
Teles congratulated the OAM for taking part in a study that involved social and legal components as it went on to explore human rights issues in depth.
CDHOAM president Ivete Mafundza noted that the sources for the report were other reports about the country produced by national and international entities, interviews and the presentation and applicability of national legal instruments.
“Our aim is to contribute to the discussion on the subject, denounce violations and offer recommendations to help improve the scenario,” Mafundza said.
Flávio Menete, the head of OAM, said he hoped the report would spread greater knowledge the human rights situation in the country.
“Citizens will find in this report a list of laws, regulations, judicial decisions and administrative procedures relevant to this area, indicating those in need of revision,” he added.Source: Noticias
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