Equatorial Guinea: Elections

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 28th September 2022.

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Photo of Lyn Brown Lyn Brown Shadow Minister (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of disputes in Equatorial Guinea in relation to the timing of presidential elections in that country; and whether he has had recent discussions with his counterpart in that country on (a) the (i) freedom, (ii) fairness and (iii) peacefulness of elections and (b) the protection of human rights during elections.

Photo of Gillian Keegan Gillian Keegan Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

It is for the people of Equatorial Guinea to choose their government through free and fair elections. We have stressed the importance of independent election monitoring for credible and inclusive elections in our engagement with the government and the importance of Equatorial Guinea meeting its international and domestic obligations. The UK Government set out our concerns and recommendations in our public response to the most recent Universal Period Review. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/universal-periodic-review-33-equatorial-guinea

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