Thursday, October 11, 2018

Equatorial Guinea Begins Preparations for 50th Independence Day

The Republic of Equatorial Guinea has begun preparations for the country’s 50thNational Independence Day on 12 October with the opening of the Culinary, Artisan, Manufacturing, and Agriculture Fair by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Gender Equality.

The President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, HE Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, has overseen preparations for the national celebration, and has received numerous letters of congratulations from world leaders, including from China, Djibouti, France, Ghana, Mozambique, Nigeria, Spain, and Tunisia, among many others. 

In celebration of the upcoming Independence Day, the President has issued pardons to a number of convicted criminals in a gesture of goodwill.

The President and First Lady will lead the Independence Day celebrations, along with high-level government officials and members of the military, including spouses.

Equatorial Guinea has made great strides since independence in 1979 on political, economic, and social levels.

Equatorial Guinea was able to properly assess the role of the country’s natural resources through the National Political Dialogue, as well as focus on good governance and the appropriate application of the law, ensuring human rights for all Equatoguineans.

Equatorial Guinea has made significant advancements 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.