2009 Summary prepared by the office of the high commissioner for human rights, in accordance with paragraph 15 (c) of the annex to human rights council resolution 5/1 - Equatorial Guinea

2009 Summary prepared by the office of the high commissioner for human rights, in accordance with paragraph 15 (c) of the annex to human rights council resolution 5/1 - Equatorial Guinea

United Nations Human Rights Council | September 8, 2009
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The present report is a summary of seven stakeholders’ submissions to the universal periodic review. The submissions are from Abogacía por un Desarrollo Durable, Amnesty International, Center for Economic and Social Rights, EG Justice, Global Initiative to End All Corporal Punishment of Children, and Human Rights Watch.

I.  BACKGROUND AND FRAMEWORK

A.  Scope of international obligations

1. Equatorial Guinea Justice (EGJ) noted that nnotwithstanding the obligations in a number of international human rights treaties ratified by Equatorial Guinea and the constitutional reaffirmation of these treaty obligations, the Government continued to neglect its people’s rights to primary health care, education, water and sanitation, and the right to be free from torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.

2. Amnesty International (AI) recommended that Equatorial Guinea ratify all outstanding human rights treaties, in particular the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights aiming at the abolition of the death penalty, and the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture.

3. Human Rights Watch (HRW) recommended that Equatorial Guinea remove its reservations to the Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.

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