Rights Group Calls on AU Chairman Teodoro Obiang to Uphold the AU’s Principles in Equatorial Guinea

Rights Group Calls on AU Chairman Teodoro Obiang to Uphold the AU’s Principles in Equatorial Guinea

January 31, 2011
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The African Union’s decision to appoint Teodoro Obiang, the long-serving president of Equatorial Guinea, as its next chairperson places pressure on the Equatoguinean government to fulfill its obligations to the African Union and other multilateral organizations regarding democracy, human rights, social justice, and corruption, EG Justice said today.

(Washington, DC, January 31, 2011)—The African Union’s decision to appoint Teodoro Obiang, the long-serving president of Equatorial Guinea, as its next chairperson places pressure on the Equatoguinean government to fulfill its obligations to the African Union and other multilateral organizations regarding democracy, human rights, social justice, and corruption, EG Justice said today.

“By the end of Mr. Obiang’s one year Chairmanship, we expect to see marked improvement in the Equatoguinean government’s application of the fundamental principles of the African Union,” said Tutu Alicante, executive director of EG Justice. “If governed with respect for human freedoms, Equatorial Guinea could become a beacon of hope and an engine of growth for the entire African continent. In this way, Mr. Obiang would demonstrate his commitment to the African Union’s vision of peace, prosperity, and stability.”

Five key African Union principles remain unmet in Equatorial Guinea: fostering democracy, rule of law, and basic freedoms, promoting human rights, increasing investment in health and education, combating corruption, and protecting women’s rights. As Mr. Obiang prepares to take over leadership at the African Union, his government must demonstrate its commitment to the African Union and its principles by devoting the political will and resources necessary to ensure their application in Equatorial Guinea.

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