Obiang urges respect for the rule of law at 67th UN General Assembly

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NEW YORK, N.Y. – President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea called the rule of law an “essential element to form a world of peace, security and stability among nations” in an address at the Treaty Event for the 67th United Nations General Assembly.

President Obiang stated that in Equatorial Guinea, respect for the rule of law is a firm principle and constant aspiration of the government. Upholding the law is the primary responsibility of a nation’s political system, he said.

He said his nation’s recent constitutional reform “grants broad freedoms to the people, provides governmental regulation and protects human rights.” In order to ensure that the people’s most important social, political and economic interests are represented, Equatorial Guinea established a bicameral Parliament and an advisory board for the President of the Republic.

In addition, Equatorial Guinea strengthened the independence of the nation’s judiciary system and appointed supervising bodies that maintain control of economic activity and monitor human rights.

President Obiang lauded the significant role the United Nations plays in promoting international collaboration among the member states and in preventing violations of international law. “Internal political processes,” he said, “are the exclusive responsibility of the state, and the United Nations should only intervene to reconcile and pacify cases of armed conflict.”

President Obiang’s speech resonated with United Nations’ Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon’s request, made in a September 21 speech to the General Assembly’s high level meeting on the Rule of Law, that member states work together to ratify treaties to enhance rule of law around the globe and be accountable for compliance with international law.

The annual treaty event, held since 2000, is an awareness-raising occasion led by the UN Secretary-General. It is intended to sign or become party to multilateral Treaties and promote participation in the UN international treaty framework internationally.

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