Angola had a poor record on the Human Rights Council's work responding to country situations.

2012/2013 Analysis

Angola abstained on resolutions concerning human rights violations in Sri Lanka, Belarus and Iran, and only voted in favor of 7 of 11 resolutions addressing the Syrian crisis. Angola supported only one of three amendments introduced to improve the 2012 Libya resolution.

Comparatively, Angola voted in favor of all the resolutions focusing on the human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories, exposing a double standard in its approach.

Angola did not support any of the joint statements made at the Council on Bahrain, Eritrea, responding to country situations and referral of the Syrian case to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Angola co-sponsored 30 resolutions under agenda items 4, 7 and 10.

Angola rarely spoke during the Council's debates on country situations. An exception was Angola's engagement at the Council’s September 2013 session, when Angola took the floor to express concern about the human rights situation in Central African Republic, to deplore the use of chemical weapons in Syria and to raise a number of concerns during the dialogue with the High Commissioner, including a call for a truly inclusive reconciliation process in Egypt. Angola should continue to participate actively in the country-specific debates of the Council. 

Voting record in 2012

Support for key joint statements in 2012

Voting record in 2013

Support for key joint statements in 2013