(AllAfrica) Rights Group Appeals to Obiang to Uphold AU Principles

(AllAfrica) Rights Group Appeals to Obiang to Uphold AU Principles

February 2, 2011
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The African Union's choice of Equatorial Guinea's President Teodoro Obiang as its new chairperson challenges his government to fulfill the organization's standards for democracy and human rights, says EG Justice.

The group, EG Justice, said in a statement that his appointment "places pressure on the Equatoguinean government to fulfill its obligations to the AU and other multilateral organisations regarding democracy, human rights, social justice and corruption."

"By the end of Obiang's one-year chairmanship, we expect to see marked improvement in the… government's application of the fundamental principles of the African Union," said Tutu Alicante, the group's executive director.

Obiang was named as the new head of the African Union at the end of its recent summit in Addis Ababa. EG Justice is a United States-based NGO which describes itself as "the only international non-governmental organization solely dedicated to promoting human rights, the rule of law, transparency, and civil society participation in Equatorial Guinea."

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