AFRICAN UNION UNION AFRICAINE UNIÃO AFRICANA African Commission on Human & Peoples’ Rights Commission Africaine des Droits de l’Homme & des Peuples No. 31 Bijilo Annex Lay-out, Kombo North District, Western Region, P. O. Box 673, Banjul, The Gambia Tel: (220) 441 05 05 /441 05 06, Fax: (220) 441 05 04 E-mail:; Web 15th Extraordinary Session 7 - 12 March 2014, Banjul, The Gambia Concluding Observations and Recommendations on the Initial and Combined Report of the Gabonese Republic on the Implementation of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (1986 – 2012) I. Introduction 1. The Gabonese Republic is a State Party to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the African Charter), which it ratified on 20 February 1986. 2. This Report which covers the period 1986 to 2012 is a combination of the Initial Report and the Periodic Reports outstanding since its ratification of the African Charter. This Combined Report was examined by the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the Commission) at its 54th Ordinary Session held from 22 October to 5 November 2013 in Banjul, The Gambia. 3. It was presented by the Delegation of the Gabonese Republic (the Delegation) which comprised the following officials of the Ministry of Justice, Keeper of the Seals, Human Rights and Relations with Constitutional Institutions:  Mr Eric Dodo Bounguendza, Director General of Human Rights;  Mr Matthieu Ekwa Ngui, Deputy Director General of Human Rights;  Mrs Edna Paola Biyogou, Director of Human Rights Promotion. 4. The report highlights developments which took place in the promotion and protection of human rights, and the legislative, administrative and judicial measures put in place to implement the provisions of the African Charter. 5. The present Concluding Observations underscore the positive aspects, the factors restricting the enjoyment of human rights and the challenges identified in the report. In conclusion, the Commission formulates recommendations to the Gabonese Republic regarding the measures required to strengthen the enjoyment of human rights guaranteed by the African Charter and other relevant regional and international human rights instruments. 1

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