HL Deb 15 December 1997 vol 584 c63WA

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What information they have received about the investigation by the United Nations Observer Mission in Angola (MONUA) of the deaths in custody at Malange of 10 members of UNITA on the night of 12 November following their arrest on that date; and whether they will ask the United Nations Secretary General to publish this and all other reports by MONUA of their investigations of alleged human rights violations in Angola.

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean

MONUA have confirmed that up to fifty UNITA sympathisers were locked overnight in a small cell in Malange prison on 12 November. Interviews with the survivors suggest that the prisoners were kept in appalling conditions and that 10 deaths resulted from fighting between them. Information on MONUA's human rights monitoring activities is available through daily press releases and the Secretary-General's regular reports. We do not intend to request publication of all MONUA's reports.