2002 Mission to Equatorial Guinea Report Submitted by Mr. Ambeyi Ligabo, Special Rapporteur on the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression

2002 Mission to Equatorial Guinea Report Submitted by Mr. Ambeyi Ligabo, Special Rapporteur on the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression

United Nations Commission on Human Rights | January 9, 2003
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Presents and analyzes information on the situation of the right to freedom of opinion and expression received by the Special Rapporteur before and during his visit to Equatorial Guinea, from December 2 - 7, 2002.

"The present report has been prepared pursuant to resolution 2002/48 of the Commission on Human Rights.  It presents and analyses information on the situation of the right to freedom of opinion and expression received by the Special Rapporteur before and during his visit to Equatorial Guinea, from 2 to 7 December 2002, from officials, individuals, non-governmental organizations and in the reports of the former Special Representative of the Commission on Human Rights on the human rights situation in the Republic of Equatorial Guinea. 

The Special Rapporteur notes that the situation with respect to freedom of opinion and expression in Equatorial Guinea seems to have improved from a legislative point of view. Several laws have been adopted over the past years that, if fully implemented, would significantly improve the promotion of and respect for freedom of opinion and expression.  The Special Rapporteur is therefore urging the Government to take all the necessary steps to implement these legislative acts and agreements, and makes particular reference to the National Pact of 1993 and the related agreements of 1997 and 2001 in this respect, as well as to the regulations governing election processes.   

However, the Special Rapporteur notes that there are laws, in particular the Law of 1997 on the Press, Publishing and Audio-visual Media and the Law of 1999 regulating non-governmental organizations, which need to be reviewed and brought into line with international human rights norms and standards relating to the right to freedom of opinion and expression..."

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