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US Names “Impunity and Corruption” as “Significant Problems” in Mozambique

US Names “Impunity and Corruption” as “Significant Problems” in Mozambique

Impunity and corruption among Mozambican security forces and authorities remain “significant problems” in the country, according to the US State Department’s 2022 Human Rights Report, released this Monday, March 20.

“The Government has taken steps to investigate, prosecute and punish some officials who have committed human rights violations and engaged in corrupt practices. However, impunity and corruption among State security forces, law enforcement officials and civilian authorities remained a significant problem,” the executive summary states.

“Corruption, including extortion by police, remained widespread,” the United States of America (US) government department adds.

The document covers 198 countries and territories, devoting 39 pages to Mozambique.

“Significant human rights issues include credible reports of illegal or arbitrary executions, including extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearance” by “government forces or their agents,” such as militias, in Cabo Delgado, the report notes.

The document also notes evidence of involvement of National Criminal Investigation Service (SERNIC) agents in the wave of kidnappings that have plagued the country, noting that some have been expelled from the corporation.

The scenario in Mozambique includes “violence, threats and unjustified prosecutions against journalists” and a “substantial interference with the freedom of peaceful assembly”.

The US report on the state of human rights in the world, for 2022, was released two days after the police violently repressed peaceful and authorised marches in honour of the rapper Azagaia in several Mozambican cities.

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