Concluding observations on the situation of civil and political rights
in Equatorial Guinea*
1. The Committee considered the situation of civil and political rights under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights in Equatorial Guinea in the absence of a periodic report at its 2147th meeting, held on 27 October 2003 (CCPR/C/SR.2147). At its 2160th and 2162nd meetings, held on 4 and 5 November 2003 (CCPR/C/SR.2160 and CCPR/C/SR.2162), it adopted the following provisional concluding observations pursuant to rule 70, paragraph 1, of its rules of procedure.
Principal subjects of concern and provisional observations
3. The Committee expresses its concern at the substantiated accusations of systematic torture and ill-treatment in the State party and at the use of statements and confessions obtained through torture.
16. The Committee requests the State party to submit its initial report by 1 August 2004.
*Pursuant to article 70 of its rules of procedure, the Human Rights Committee has decided to publish the provisional concluding observations on Equatorial Guinea that is adopted and transmitted to the State party at its seventy-ninth session.