03/12/2013: PRESS RELEASE FROM THE GOVERNMENT OF ANGOLA ON THE BAN OF ISLAM
The Government of the Republic of Angola noted with surprise and concern that news have been propagated by various media, including social networks, according to which Angola would have banned Islam and mosques destroyed.
The Angolan Government categorically denies these reports due to the fact that they do not correspond to the
truth and aim to achieve obscure purposes, undermining the image of Angola.
In Angola, no mosques were destroyed or persecution was made to citizens of Islamic confession, which are not subject in our country to any form of discrimination .
The Government of the Republic of Angola, in accordance with the Constitution and other legislation and consistent with international law, respect Islam and other faiths.
Should be stressed that the presence of Islam in Angola is very recent and that its legalization depends on the requirements of Law Nº. 02/04 and the claim of an Islamic confession called Islamic Community of Angola - CISA was dismissed as well as 179 (one hundred and seventy nine) other Christian denominations, for not meeting the legal requirements .
Thus, in a group of about 1,200 (twelve hundred) confessions identified in Angola , are more 7 ( seven) Islamic faiths , whose proceedings are pending consideration and decision .
We clarified that even foreigners Islamic confession citizens, in an illegal immigration status, practice illegal economic activities in warehouses built without permission of the competent authorities, which for convenience and to prevent action by supervisors use these facilities as places of alleged worship, against the law .
The Angolan Government reiterates that the exercise of religious freedom is fully respected under the law and no Angolan citizen or foreign Islamic confession or another, was harassed because of his faith.
Luanda, November 29, 2013.
THE GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF ANGOLA