News in Brief 12 May 2015 (PM)

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"Alarming" reports of alleged massacre in Angola

There have been alarming reports of an alleged massacre in the central province of Huambo in Angola, according to the UN human rights office (OHCHR).

The Government has reported that nine police officers and 13 civilians were killed in a confrontation in Serra Sumé, when police attempted to arrest the leader of a religious sect called "Luz du Mundo", meaning "Light of the World" in Portuguese.

But other accounts of the incident claimed that hundreds of followers of the sect had been killed, some even suggesting the number might exceed 1,000.

OHCHR is urging the Angolan Government to ensure that a truly independent and thorough investigation is conducted.

Adoption of law strengthening rights of persons with disabilities in Moldova

The adoption of a law last Thursday strengthening the rights of persons with disabilities by the Moldovan Parliament has been welcomed by the UN human rights office.

For the first time in Moldova, people who had been deprived of legal capacity on the basis of their disability were given the right to vote.

OHCHR says the new law also allows people under guardianship to appeal against decisions that deprived them of or restricted their legal capacity.

Ninety per cent of electronic waste illegally traded or dumped each year

Up to 90 per cent of the world’s electronic waste, worth nearly US$19 billion, is illegally traded or dumped each year, according to the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

A report released on Tuesday estimates that each year, the electronic industry generates up to 41 million tonnes of e-waste from goods such as computers and smart phones.

Africa and Asia are key destinations for large-scale shipments of hazardous wastes for dumping, and sometimes for recycling.

Cathrine Hasselberg, United Nations

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