Meetings for Senate permanent commissions

On 7th November, the Permanent Commissions on Justice and Human Rights, and Infrastructure, Communications, transport and New Technologies, overseen by the senators Silvestre Siale Bileka and Demetrio Elo Ndong Nsefumu, adopted the acts and assessments for the Proposed Law Governing the Criminal Responsibility of Minors and the Draft General Law on Road Transport.

The Permanent Commission on Justice and Human Rights, co-chaired by the President of the Senate, Teresa Efua Asangono, after concluding the study on the Proposed Law Governing the Criminal Responsibility of Minors, met to review the act and assessment resulting from the analysis of this legal tool.

The initiative behind the proposal arose from the identification of the legal vacuum existing in the current Penal Code in our country when judging minors from ten to fifteen years of age. The Senate has identified the need to draw up a proposal for the Law Governing the Criminal Responsibility of Minors, due to the increase in cases of delinquency and other criminal acts committed by these minors in the Republic of Equatorial Guinea.

Taking into account that both the current Organic Law on Judicial Power in our country, and article 40 of the United Nations Convention on Children’s Rights, of 20th November 1989, establish that the signatory States will take all the adequate measures to promote specific laws, procedures, authorities and institutions to judge minors who have committed crimes, with disciplinary measures aimed at social reintegration.

The Proposed Law Governing the Criminal Responsibility of Minors in the republic of Equatorial Guinea, the act and assessment of which were finally adopted on the day by the Permanent Commission on Justice and Human Rights, is a statement of the reasons, seventy articles, and seven additional, seven transitory, one repeal and one final provision.

For its part, the Permanent Commission on Infrastructure, Communications, transport and New Technologies, overseen by the senator Demetrio Elo Ndong Nsefumu, met a delegation from the Ministry for Transport, the Postal Service, and Telecommunications, led by the Deputy Minister, Joaquin Elema Borengue, to debate and agree to the amendments introduced by the commission to the draft General Law on Road Transport, which were well received and approved by members from the ministry, who found them relevant and appropriate.

Having concluded the day’s deliberations aimed at obtaining an enriched and improved legal document, both in form and substance, the commission adopted the act and assessment after checking that it contained all the aspects studied during the second reading of this legal instrument.

The draft law, which aims to achieve an efficient, coordinated transport system that adequately satisfies the mobility requirements for users, and favours the development of private initiatives, based on free market principles, includes a statement of reasons, 109 articles, one additional, three transitory, one repeal and one final provision.

Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office

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