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Religion and Human SecurityA Global Perspective$
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James K. Wellman and Clark Lombardi

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199827732

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199827732.001.0001

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Beyond Basic Human Security: The Role of Religious Institutions in Angola

Beyond Basic Human Security: The Role of Religious Institutions in Angola

(p.189) 11 Beyond Basic Human Security: The Role of Religious Institutions in Angola
Religion and Human Security

James Tiburcio

Oxford University Press

Human security comprises the basic welfare, human rights, social desires, and subjective interests of a given population. In the past, a focus on national security has led to the oversight of vast populations on the ground. The situation in Angola is a classic example of this gap between national and human security, and as a result, churches and other welfare groups have come to the aid of Angolans ignored by their national regime. These groups, mainly led by Christian churches, work to improve basic human welfare by responding to the need for hope and the desire of neglected or abused populations to attain a voice in their future. This chapter argues that the next step for religiously affiliated, human rights organizations in Angola is direct involvement in politics. More specifically, they should act as a catalyst to accelerate long overdue democratic reforms.

Keywords:   religion, politics, political participation, human rights organizations, Christian churches, democratic reform

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