Madagascar reviewed by the UPR
Tuesday, 16 February 2010 09:26


The Working Group on the UPR examined the human rights record in Madagascar on 15 February 2010. Madagascar was represented by a small delegation headed by Ms Christine Razanamahasoa, Minister of Justice. The majority of comments from States consisted of concern over increases in violations of human rights since the institution of a non-elected transitional government in March 2009. Of special note was that no African States participated in the review, apparently due to not recognising the current non-elected government’s legitimacy. In March 2009 the African Union suspended Madagascar following what it called a ‘coup’ after the military ousted the elected President. Specific recommendations and questions focused on the following issues:

  • Encouragement to follow through on the Maputo Agreement and the Addis Ababa Additional Act on Madagascar to find a comprehensive solution to the current political crisis.
  • Arbitrary arrests, detentions, and disappearances, specifically against journalists, human rights defenders, and political activists.
  • Recent widespread restrictions on freedom of expression in the media, and freedom of assembly in relation to political protests.
  • Violence against women, including widespread domestic violence and sexual abuse, with a recommendation to criminalise all forms of violence against women, including marital rape.
  • Increases in trafficking of women and children for sexual and labour exploitation, especially in rural areas, and continued concerns over child labour in mining, quarrying, and domestic services.
  • Discrimination against descendents of slaves, and continuation of a de facto caste system.
  • Discrimination against women in relation to land ownership and marriage rights.
  • Encouragement to sign the optional protocols to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and the Convention Against Torture as well as encouragement to extend an open invitation to all Human Rights Council special procedures.

The delegation from Madagascar thanked all States for their comments, but in almost all cases stated it would answer questions at a later date, and provided no specific follow-up comments. Additionally, the delegation used only forty-five minutes of its allotted one hour.

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