On 21st February, on the floor of the Upper Chamber, there was an intensification in the debates by the Senate Permanent Commission for Justice and Human Rights on the Proposed Family Code Law, overseen by Silvestre Siale Bileka, assisted by Eulalia Envo Bela.
Under the moderation of the President of the Senate, Teresa Efua Asangono, they continued with the study of the Proposed Family Code Law, which aims to regulate all types of marriages in our country, taking into account that the current Civil Code does not cover all our socio-cultural norms, and does not adequately separate questions relating to traditional marriage and the organisation of the family within the various ethnic groups in the country, when Basic Law, in article 22, subsection 1 and 2, recognises all types of marriage.
During the analysis of articles 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12, which refer to the capacity or incapacity of representation, proof of legal status, institutionalisation of the family, the legal nature of the family representative, born members of the family and the inviolability and non-delegable nature of rights established under this draft law, the members of the commission decided to eliminate them, as their content appears in other subsequent articles in the draft law.
Other articles studied on the day were articles 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 and 19, which refer to the right to create a family, the recognition of marriage, the interpretation and application of the provisions of this code, the integration, extraterritoriality, and the concept of marriage, on which the senators debated in depth in order to limit all those aspects that could be negative for our traditions, thus eliminating any susceptibilities in order to obtain a legal tool that guarantees a balanced family life, and equality of opportunity.
During the debates, the commission consulted some articles from the current family codes from neighbouring countries, in order to make a comparative study with the Proposed Family Code Law for Equatorial Guinea, and based on this study the aim is to obtain a definitive legal instrument that is adapted to the real ethno-cultural situation.
Efua Asangono, as supervisor of the Permanent Commission on Justice and Rights, recognising that the Proposed family Code law, the study of which is ongoing, clashes with various socio-cultural aspects rooted in our traditions, asked the commissioners to prevent susceptibilities and focus on seeking to obtain the aims proposed for the legal instrument.
Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office