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Denunciation of a situation of interference of power in the internal life of the LUNDA NORTE - ANGOLA unions Denunciation of a situation of interference of power in the internal life of the LUNDA NORTE - ANGOLA unions



OFFICE OF THE CPLP TO THE ANGOLAN GOVERNMENT:



Porto, June 16, 2010

Dear Minister of Education,

of the Republic of Angola

Excellence

The Community of Teachers' and Teachers' Education Organizations in Portuguese-speaking Countries, CPLP-Sindical de Educação, an organization comprising 15 education unions, including SINPROF, the National Teachers' Union of Angola, became aware, on the 28th of May, an act of interference in the internal life of this Union, which took place in the Province of Lunda Norte, by the governmental authorities of Angola.

As this is a process for renewing the mandates of the local representatives of that Union, to be carried out under the terms provided by the SINPROF Statutes on the subject, this process is the sole responsibility of the management bodies of that Union and takes place on the basis of inalienable principle of autonomy enjoyed by all unions in democratic countries.

The meddling in the process of the representatives of the Government of Angola in the region, although claiming guidelines emanating from Luanda, the suspension of the process itself and the threat of arrest of the members of the SINPROF Directorate who tried to develop it, constitutes an unjustifiable interference in life internal union, an intolerable threat to the principle of union independence and a clear violation of the Union Law, which undermines the guiding principles of the rule of law that guide the exercise of political power in Angola.

In view of this situation, the Permanent Secretariat of CPLP-Sindical de Educação, expresses its strongest rejection for the actions of the government entities of the province of Lunda Norte, hoping that the legality will be quickly restored and that behaviors of this type will not be repeated in the future.

For the Permanent Secretariat of CPLP-Sindical de Educação

Abel Macedo

Coordinating Secretary


ANSWER FROM THE ANGOLAN GOVERNMENT:

From: Simão Pinda [simaopinda@hotmail.com]

Sent: Sunday, June 20, 2010 12:09 PM

To: Abel Macedo

Subject: RE: taking a position

Dear Dr Abel Macedo, I have heard of your position. I will get your reaction to the Government of the Province of Lunda Sul.

Pinda Simão.



Subject: tomada de posição

Date: Thu, 17 Jun 2010 13:36:50 +0100

From: abel.macedo@spn.pt

To: simaopinda@hotmail.com

Dear Minister of Education of the Republic of Angola

Attached is a statement on recent events in the province of Lunda Norte, taken at the CPLP level? Education Union.

Best regards

The Coordinating Secretary of CPLP-SE

Abel Macedo