JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A rights group is calling on Angola to drop criminal defamation charges against an investigative journalist who wrote a book on human rights abuses in Angola's diamond-rich region.
Human Rights Watch said Monday that Rafael Marques de Morais attended a hearing on July 31 for 10 new lawsuits that were brought against him, along with one pre-existing suit.
The group said the lawsuits revolve around the book that alleges Angolan generals own a diamond company and security firm that carried out killings and torture of workers in the southern African nation's mines. In February Portuguese prosecutors threw out a libel suit against Marques.
The international organization says Angola should investigate the rights abuse reports instead of using its criminal defamation laws to "squelch" allegations of corruption and human rights violations.
Created: Mon, 12 Aug 2013 09:14:51 EST
Updated: Mon, 12 Aug 2013 09:14:51 EST