Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Equatorial Guinea Condemns Ethnic and Religious Violence

The Republic of Equatorial Guinea, through its Ambassador to Brussels, Carmelo Nvono-Ncá, condemned violence against ethnic and religious minorities in the Middle East during the III Ministerial Conference on the Victims of Ethic and Religious Violence.

Equatorial Guinea highlighted the importance of giving a voice to the representatives of the minorities subjected to violence from terrorist groups, in order to identify implementable measures to ensure the safe return of displaced communities and protection of ethnic and religious diversity.

The Conference, hosted by the Belgian Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, brought together high-level government officials, international organization leaders, and representatives from diverse ethnic and religious communities.

Equatorial Guinea has made great strides over the years and significant progress on human rights, including the temporary amnesty against the death penalty, the plan of action to combat human trafficking, the implementation of the Children’s Parliament, the improvement of education for all Equatorial Guineans, and the complete abolition of child labor.

Equatorial Guinea has ratified numerous international conventions regarding human rights, and is active at the United Nations (UN) as a non-permanent member of the Security Council, where it strongly advocates for peace and security throughout the world. Equatorial Guinea at the UN has urged its fellow UN member states to prohibit the sale of arms to mercenaries and other organizations who are considered human rights violators.