Submission to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on the occasion of the sixth session of the Universal Periodic Review, December 2009

Submission to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on the occasion of the sixth session of the Universal Periodic Review, December 2009

Center for Economic and Social Rights | December 9, 2009
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Focuses on Equatorial Guinea’s compliance with its obligations in relation to the fulfillment and realization of economic, social, and cultural rights. It presents and analyzes key indicators relating to the enjoyment of the rights to health, education, food, water, and housing, as well as selected indicators of state policy efforts. The analysis highlights key areas of apparent noncompliance by the state of Equatorial Guinea with the principles of progressive realization according to maximum available resources, prioritization of minimum core obligations, and the duty of non-discrimination.

"The Center for Economic and Social Rights (an ECOSOC accredited nongovernmental organization) hereby contributes this individual submission to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on the occasion of the Universal Periodic Review of Equatorial Guinea’s fulfillment of its human rights obligations. 

This submission focuses in particular on Equatorial Guinea’s compliance with its obligations in relation to the fulfillment and  realization of economic, social and cultural rights (ESC rights). It presents and analyzes key indicators relating to the enjoyment of the rights to health, education, food, water and housing, as well as selected indicators of state policy efforts. The analysis highlights key areas of apparent noncompliance by the state of Equatorial Guinea with the principles of progressive realization according to maximum available resources, prioritization of minimum core obligations and the duty of non-discrimination.    

This submission is based on the most accurate and up-to-date data available from both national statistical sources and international organizations, particularly the World Bank and UNICEF.  It should be noted that the last comprehensive national household survey was carried out in 2000 and that no reliable national census has been conducted since 1994. The lack of up-to-date official data on key indicators relevant to ESC rights is itself a key concern which raises questions about the political will to address the economic and social rights situation in the country..." 

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