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This is the fourth update of UA 143/15. Further information: https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/afr12/2822/2015/en/
TRIAL OF ACTIVISTS VIOLATES FAIR TRIAL STANDARDS
The 15 male youth activists and the two female activists were charged with preparing a “rebellion” and “plotting against the president” on 16 September 2015. Both are considered crimes against the security of the State and each charge carries a maximum penalty of up to three years in jail or a corresponding fine.
Three of the activists are facing additional charges: Manuel Nito Alves for illegal change of name (penalty: a fine), Luaty Beirão for falsification of documents (penalty: 2-8 years imprisonment) and Osvaldo Caholo for theft of documents (penalty: 2-8 years imprisonment and a fine).
Angolan security forces arrested and detained the 15 activists between 20 and 24 June 2015 in Luanda after they had attended a meeting to discuss politics and governance concerns in the country.
Name: Henrique Luaty da Silva Beirão, Manuel Chivonde (Nito Alves), Nuno Álvaro Dala, Afonso Mahenda Matias (Mbanza Hanza), Nelson
Dibango Mendes dos Santos, Hitler Jessy Chivonde (Hitler Samussuko), Albano Evaristo Bingocabingo, Sedrick Domingos de Carvalho,
Fernando António Tomás (Nicolas o Radical), Arante Kivuvu Italiano Lopes, Benedito Jeremias, José Gomes Hata (Cheick Hata), Inocêncio
Antônio de Brito, Osvaldo Sérgio Correia Caholo
, Domingos da Cruz, Laurinda Gouveia and Rosa Conde.
Gender m/f: both
Further information on UA: 143/15 Index: AFR 12/3218/2016 Issue Date: 28 January 2016