Friday, July 2, 2010

President Obiang Promises Improved Relations With Human Rights Organizations

As part of his five point plan for reform, Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo pledged to improve relations with human rights organizations and invite the International Red Cross to open its headquarters in Equatorial Guinea, at the 2010 Global Forum.

"The Government will invite the International Red Cross to install its headquarters in Equatorial Guinea and assist in reviewing and assessing all allegations of human rights violations in the country," President Obiang said in an address to the Forum. "We will also ask for your help in monitoring our Criminal Justice System and prisons to ensure the humane and appropriate treatment for those convicted of crimes."

Equatorial Guinea has already begun reform efforts by bringing the country's jails up to international standards.

"We report that the Government has upgraded the jails and has adopted regulations and standards as an ongoing effort to meet international requirements," President Obiang said.

President Obiang delivered a historic speech at the 2010 Global Forum in Cape Town, South Africa. Hosted by CNN, Time and Fortune, the Forum gathered world leaders, CEOs and the media to discuss substantive issues and opportunities in the developing world.