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Zola Ferreira Bambi

HRD, President
Observatory of Social Cohesion and Justice

Zola Ferreira Bambi is a well-known human rights lawyer based in Luanda in Angola. He works on issues involving human rights defenders as well as communities whose rights have been violated. He is also the president of Angola's Observatory of Social Cohesion and Justice. Zola Bambi has been documenting abuse and legal harassment against human rights defenders in Luanda since the early 2000s. He has additionally provided legal counsel and defended human rights activists who are under judicial harassment for exercising their human rights legitimately.

Human rights defenders (HRDs) in Angola are subjected to arrests, judicial harassment, physical attacks, threats and defamation campaigns. Freedoms of peaceful assembly and expression are limited. HRDs working on civil and political rights and journalists criticizing the government are especially at risk.