The Republic of Equatorial Guinea is a member of the United Nations and the African Union. It has ratified many UN Human Rights Conventions (compare list on the right) and thus has made binding international commitments to adhere to the standards laid down in these universal human rights documents.
Equatorial Guinea is a Spanish- and French-speaking country in Central Africa. With an area of 28,051 square km it borders the Atlantic Ocean. On a global scale, its population density is low. The capital of the country, which became independent on 12 October 1968 from Spain, is Malabo. Equatorial Guinea is a member of the regional economic community ECCAS.
With a Human Development Index of 0.72 Equatorial Guinea ranks 118th of 182 countries ranked in the UNDP Human Development Report of 2009. Life expectancy of the 700,000 inhabitants at birth is 50 years, population growth is 2.6 percent per year. GNI is 14,980 US-$ per capita. Primary school enrolment is 67.1 percent.
In as far as Equatorial Guinea has ratified the Optional Protocols for UN Human Rights Conventions or has accepted the Competence of the corresponding UN Treaty Bodies (compare list on the right), the inhabitants of Equatorial Guinea and their representatives are able to invoke their human rights through these bodies.
All inhabitants of Equatorial Guinea may turn to the UN Human Rights Committee through procedure 1503, to the Special Rapporteurs for violations of specific human rights or to ECOSOC for women's rights violations.
Since Egypt is a member state of UNESCO, its citizens may use the UNESCO procedure for human rights violations in UNESCO's fields of mandate.
Employers' or workers' and certain other organizations (not individuals) of Equatorial Guinea may file complaints through the ILO procedure in the cases of those conventions which Equatorial Guinea has ratified.
Since Equatorial Guinea is an AU member, its citizens and NGOs may file complaints to the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights.
They may also file complaints according to the EU guidelines (on Human Rights Defenders, Death Penalty and Torture) to Embassies of EU Member States and the Delegations of the European Commission.
In cases of human rights violations by multinational enterprises, they may also invoke the National Contact Point in an OECD member state.
Equatorial Guinea has not yet joined the International Criminal Court.