On 7 August 2021, the Ombudsman of Angola and Cape Verde signed a cooperation agreement with the aim of strengthening the relationship between the two institutions and encouraging the exchange of experiences for the defence of citizens' rights, freedom and guarantees.
Under the terms of number 3 of article 2 of the Organic Law of the Statute of the Ombudsman of Angola, Law No. 29/20, of 28 July, the Ombudsman ensures cooperation with related institutions and international organizations within the scope of defending and promoting the rights, freedoms and guarantees of citizens.
It was in this context that, considering the historical ties between Angola and Cape Verde and being aware that there are areas in which it is possible to develop cooperation and dialogue with homologous institutions, recognizing the specific role of the Ombudsman and, being the heads of the Institutions committed to enhancing institutional cooperation, the Ombudsman of the Republic of Angola, Hon. Antónia Florbela de Jesus Rocha Araújo, signed an agreement of cooperation with the Ombudsman of Cape Verde, Hon. Jose Carlos Delgado, which intends to achieve the following objectives:
- Sharing of experiences and good practices of intervention procedures and strategies that have shown good results at the level of the Ombudsman of Angola and Cape Verde;
- Periodic exchange of publications, computerized educational materials, as well as studies on the Ombudsman's interventions;
- Exchange of information, legislation and documents relevant to each of the parties;
- Exchange of programs and means that can best serve to promote and defend the the rights, freedoms, guarantees and legitimate interests of citizens;
- Exchange of employees of its competent services for the study of administrative and procedural techniques used by each of the parties;
- Foster the link between the Ombudsman of Cape Verde and Angola with the Ombudsman of African countries;
- Facilitate access by the citizens of each of the parties to the respective Ombudsman;
The agreement also calls for actions to be taken in order to respond to the demands of citizens, with the greatest possible speed and quality.
The signing the Cooperation Agreement was witnessed, by both parties, via virtual means, due to the restrictions imposed by the Covid 19; the Angolan part being located on the 11th floor of the Palace of Justice building, Cidade Alta, in Luanda, and the Cape Verdean part located in the Santiago area, Avenida da China, Cidade da Praia, Cape Verde.
With the signing of the Cooperation Agreement, an act witnessed by the National Press and the Diplomatic Community, a new stage was opened in the working relations between the two Institutions, whose common object is the protection of the fundamental rights of the citizens of the respective countries.
Source: Office of the Ombudsman of the Republic of Angola