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Equatorial Guinea reviewed by 6th session of UPR
Wednesday, 09 December 2009 19:29

 

On the morning of 9 December 2009, the Working Group on the UPR examined the human rights situation in Equatorial Guinea. The large high-level delegation of Equatorial Guinea was headed by the Vice-Prime Minister, Mr Salomon Nguema Owono. States participating in the interactive debate acknowledged the achievements of Equatorial Guinea in the area of development, education, and health, but also expressed serious concern and made recommendations in the following areas:

 

  • Reports of arbitrary detention, and torture and ill-treatment of detainees. Equatorial Guinea should ratify the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and investigate on all allegations regarding torture and forced disappearances. Moreover, all recommendations of the Special Rapporteur on torture and the Working Group on arbitrary detention should be implemented
  • Inhumane prison and detention conditions. The Government should continue efforts to improve these conditions
  • The Government should end media censorship and lift restrictions on the rights to freedom of expression and assembly
  • Equatorial Guinea should sign a moratorium with the aim to abolishing the death penalty and ratify the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights on the abolition of the death penalty
  • Despite efforts to provide free primary education, illiteracy rates remain high and enrolment rates are low and girls face obstacles in accessing education
  • Concerns regarding exploitation and abuse of children and the need to strengthen the protection of children’s rights
  • Human trafficking, in particular of women and children
  • Gender based discrimination and discriminatory practices against women continue such as forced marriages. Equatorial Guinea should review discriminatory laws and conduct awareness raising programmes on women’s rights
  • High rates of domestic violence and violence against women
  • Lack of access to health care and family planning for women, high mortality rates and teenage pregnancies
  • Impunity for human rights violations and the need to review the judicial system to ensure its independence
  • Corporal punishment used at home and in schools should be ended
  • Equatorial Guinea should fight corruption and increase transparency regarding the distribution of wealth.

 

The draft report of the Working Group on the review of Equatorial Guinea will be adopted on 11 December 2009. 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 May 2010 10:15
 
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