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Maputo, October 8th 2019
The Delegation of the European Union issues the following local declaration in agreement with the Heads of Mission of the EU Member States, Canada and Norway
The European Union, Canada and Norway strongly condemn the assassination of Anastácio Matavel, the Executive Director of FONGA – GAZA NGO Forum, perpetrated yesterday 7 October in Xai Xai, after a training session with electoral observers, and express their deepest condolences to Mr. Matavel’s family, friends and colleagues. We urge the appropriate authorities to thoroughly and speedily investigate this shocking crime in order to bring the culprits to justice.
Yesterday’s attack was also an act of disrespect against the Mozambican people and their legitimate right to participate in the democratic process – the European Union, Canada and Norway call for a peaceful and orderly remainder of the electoral process, and urge all Mozambicans to abstain from any acts of violence and intimidation.
A vibrant civil society is essential for the further consolidation of democracy in Mozambique. Mozambican NGOs and other civil society organisations should be able to observe the elections in accordance with the law, and thus contribute to a credible and transparent electoral process.
These historically important elections are particularly relevant for the successful implementation of the peace process and the long-term stability and prosperity of Mozambique.Source: Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Mozambique / Press Release
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