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Refugees continued to return from neighbouring countries. The provision of judicial, social and other services in war-damaged rural areas remained inadequate. There were reports of politically motivated violence and suppression of non-violent demonstrations. Human rights violations by soldiers and police in Cabinda and in the diamond-mining areas continued.
There were also many reports of human rights violations by police in other parts of the country. At least families were forcibly evicted from their homes. Over one million people remained dependent on food aid. The government, in cooperation with the UN, began in January to develop a national plan of action on human rights: work on this continued at the end of An independent press flourished in Luanda but access to information outside the capital was mainly through state-controlled radio.
She acknowledged improved respect for human rights but urged the government to rebuild its judicial system and to be more open to civil society. Over 90, refugees were repatriated or returned spontaneously from neighbouring countries.
Weak government structures in reception areas, lack of schools and clinics, and insufficient funds for food, seeds and tools made resettlement difficult. An inadequate system for issuing identity documents left many returnees without access to social services and vulnerable to extortion and ill-treatment by police and soldiers carrying out identity checks.
Members of a civil society organization, Mpalabanda, presented a petition for peace with thousands of signatures to the authorities in Cabinda city in July. However, there were many reports of police committing human rights violations. Senior officials admitted that excesses had occurred but it appeared that in many cases no disciplinary or criminal action was taken.