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Quick Reads + Mozambique

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Draft Penal Code in Violation of Women and Children's Rights

Convocatória para a marcha contra a Violação dos Direitos Humanos no Código Penal Moçambicano. Foto publicada pelo Fórum Mulher no Facebook

Advert for the March Against the Violation of Human Rights in the Mozambican Penal Code, March 20, 2014. Photo published by Fórum Mulher on Facebook

This week, the Mozambican NGO Fórum Mulher (Women's Forum) organized a march in protest of a change to the penal code that would threaten human rights.

A group of civil society organizations delivered a note on February 24, 2014 denouncing violations of the rights of women, children and sexual minorities and other gaps in the Draft Penal Code. [.pdf].

A post on the Facebook page of Lambda Mozi, an organization which defends the rights of sexual minorities, summarizes the problem

A revisão do Código Penal aprovada na generalidade em Dezembro último pelo Parlamento moçambicano manteve artigos que atentam contra os Direitos Humanos de todas(os) nós, por exemplo: 
- Promove a impunidade do violador sexual e força a vítima a casar-se com este, 
- Aplica medidas de segurança àqueles que se dedicam a prática de actos contra a natureza

The revision of the Penal Code approved in as a whole last December is that it maintained articles which are an attack on the Human Rights of us all, for example:
- It promotes impunity of a rapist and forces the victim to marry [the rapist]
- Applies punishments against those who practice acts against nature

Mozambique's LGBT Community: Tell Your Story

Lambda, the Mozambican Association for the Defense of Sexual Minorities, invites [pt] adult members of the LGBT community to participate in a short documentary. ”Your story in the first person” is the title of this film project which aims at “documenting our trajectories of self-acceptance, our battles and conquests as LGBT people in Mozambique.” More information on how to take part is available in the LambdaMozi Facebook page. The deadline is February 21, 2014.

Understanding Human Rights in Portuguese-Speaking Countries

[All links lead to Portuguese language pages, except where otherwise stated]

The Portuguese language version of the educational manual for human rights “Understanding Human Rights” is available online. The website provides the complete manual in pdf format or divided into chapters, as well as training material, bibliographical references and institutional information specifically aimed at countries with Portuguese as an official language. 

Originally [en] developed by the European Training and Research Centre for Human Rights and Democracy in Graz, Austria, the Portuguese language version was produced by the Institute of International Law and Cooperation with Lusophone Countries and Communities at the Faculty of Law of the University of Coimbra - “IUS Gentium Conimbrigae” (IGC), also known as Human Rights Centre (CDH): 

Com este projeto pretende o IGC/CDH contribuir para uma difusão de informação teórica, prática e de acesso fácil relativa aos direitos humanos, na senda do artº 1º, nº 1, da Declaração das Nações Unidas sobre Educação e Formação em Direitos Humanos, de 2011, segundo a qual “Todas as pessoas têm direito a saber, procurar e receber informações sobre todos os direitos humanos e liberdades fundamentais e devem ter acesso à educação e formação em matéria de direitos humanos”.

With this project, the IGC/CDH seeks to contribute to a dissemination of easily accessible theoretical and practical information relating to human rights, complying with Article 1, nº 1, of the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training 2011, according to which “Everyone has the right to know, seek and receive information about all human rights and fundamental freedoms and should have access to human rights education and training”.

In addition to Portuguese, the manual has already been published in 15 other languages [en].

“Underground” Newspaper Launched in Mozambique

A new “underground” newspaper called “Vigilant Citizen”, launched in Mozambique on the eve of elections, is being shared in .PDF by the blog Moçambique para Todos [pt]. Its cover carries the iconic image of protesters with the poster “Who keeps voting for these guys?”

"Vigilant Citizen" cover.

“Vigilant Citizen” cover.

PHOTOS: Rally of Mozambique's Main Opposition Party Attacked by Riot Police

The arrival of two cars with officers from the Rapid Intervention Force (FIR) of the Police of the Republic of Mozambique (PRM) interrupted the final rally of the campaign of opposition party MDM in Beira. Photo @Verdade newspaper (CC BY 2.0)

The arrival of two cars with officers from the Rapid Intervention Force (FIR) of the Police of the Republic of Mozambique (PRM) interrupted the final rally of the campaign of opposition party MDM in Beira. Photo @Verdade newspaper (CC BY 2.0)

The final mayoral campaign rally of opposition party MDM in Beira ended with three people killed and several injured – the injured included the candidate's own son – following an attack by riot police who used tear gas grenades and shot bullets to the air.

When the tumult began, incumbent mayor Daviz Simango was preparing to take the stage and call on the crowd to vote once again for the main opposition party MDM (Mozambique Democratic Movement), in power in the second largest city of Mozambique, also the capital of the province of Sofala. 

Unrest in Beira set in on November 16, the second to last day of the electoral campaign for Mozambique's municipal elections. The vote will take place on November 20, 2013. @Verdade newspaper is gathering citizen reports in a special website for the elections.

"Unrest set in and citizens tried to flee in disarray while FIR agents kept shooting. "

“Unrest set in and citizens tried to flee in disarray while FIR agents kept shooting. ” Photo shared by @Verdade newspaper on Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

After the attack of the riot police, the crowd started to burn tires in the roads that lead to Beira´s neighborhood of Munhava.

After the attack of the riot police, the crowd started to burn tires in the roads that lead to Beira´s neighborhood of Munhava (16/11/2013). Photo by Miguel Mangueze for @Verdade newspaper (CC BY 2.0)

Researcher to Mozambique's President: “You Are Out of Control”

An open letter [pt] by Mozambican well-known economist and researcher Carlos Nuno Castel-Branco begins “Mr. President, you are out of control.” The letter frontally questions the credibility of President Guebuza in the current context of political and military tension in the country, followed by a strange rash of kidnapping. The researcher describes the latest events as “runarounds”:

Para suspender a constituição e aniquilar todas as formas de oposição, atirando depois as culpas para os raptores e outros criminosos e terroristas, ou para aniquilá-los em nome da luta pela estabilidade.

In order to suspend the constitution and to annihilate all forms of opposition, then blaming the kidnappers and other criminals and terrorists, or annihilating them in the name of the struggle for stability.

Castel-Branco even suggests that President Guebuza wants to “turn the country fascist”. The polemic text is being shared and commented on social media.

Online Campaign for Peace in Mozambique

The blog Mozmaniacos [pt] has launched an online campaign for peace in Mozambique, after recent threats to over 20 years of peace. With the hashtag #MozQuerPaz (#MozWantsPeace), Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram users are starting to contribute their photos and personalized messages to the effort.

Re-Imagining Lusophony and Decolonizing the Mind

The Fourth International Congress in Cultural Studies – Colonialisms, Post-colonialisms and Lusophonies has a call for paper submissions open until October 15, 2013 November 15, 2013 [deadline has been extended]:

To demystify, to dehierarchize, to establish a policy of difference, to allow a multiplicity of voices, to constitute so many projects of possible modernities/rationalities within post-modernity, to mobilize, to re-politicize, to imagine other political, social and economical models, this is the task (utopian, of course) that is, for us, essential in the re-imagining of Lusophony.


A postcolonial reflection in a Lusophone context cannot avoid the exercise of criticism to the old dichotomies of periphery/center, cosmopolitanism/rurality, civilized/savage, black/white, north/south, in a context of cultural globalization, transformed by new and revolutionary communication phenomena, which have also globalized marginality.

The congress will take place from April 28 to 30, 2014, in the city of Aveiro, Portugal.

Mozambique women's basketball reaches new heights

Following a thrilling victory in the quarterfinals (see our coverage), last night the Mozambican women's basketball team won a place in the Afrobasket Finals tonight against reigning champions Angola. With yet another comeback-style victory over Cameroon in the semifinals, they are also guaranteed a place in the World Championships, and in the nation's sporting history.

A Positive Example of Community Farming in Mozambique

A positive example of a farming, savings and literacy community project in Mozambique was highlighted in the blog of the NGO Justiça Ambiental (Environmental Justice) following their visit to the community of Nacoma, about 83 km from the northern city of Nampula last July.

Justiça Ambiental learned about the association's good practices “for a more efficient agriculture on poor soils” and crop improvements, and also about how the group, mostly composed by women, “increased their income allowing it to improve their lives and their families”:

We were impressed by the organization, methodology and capacity of a group so small yet so effective in managing their own interests. A good example of community empowerment, with which all present were astonished. However, for us it was more than that. It was once again a confirmation of the power of the people of Mozambique and Mozambican women in particular, their ability, courage and perseverance in trying to resolve their difficulties and strive for a better future. For us it was a true life lesson!

Concerns about the future of good examples such as this one were raised by the NGO in the end of the blog post, referring to the controversial economic development plan ProSavana (reported by Global Voices) and the ‘land grabbing’ plans of the governments of Japan, Brazil and Mozambique.

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