Work continues for Permanent Commission for Justice and Human Rights

The Permanent Commission for Justice and Human Rights, moderated by the President of the Senate, Teresa Efua Asangono, and overseen by Silvestre Bileka, with assistance from Eulalia Envo Bela, continued on 25th February with the study of the Draft Law on the Family Code, in the Upper Chamber, in order to improve this legal tool and adapt it to the socio-cultural reality in the country.

The Draft Family Code Law continues to generate intense debates within the Permanent Commission for Justice and Human Rights, focussed on regulating all aspects that may strengthen family life in the various ethnic groups in Equatorial Guinea. The commissioners are reviewing the document in detail and in depth, and consulting other family codes from neighbouring countries, with whom the same socio-cultural traits of Bantu origin are shared, in order to obtain a legal instrument that meets the current demands of the concept of family.

On this occasion they looked at article 19, regarding the concept of matrimony, and in subparagraph 1 they introduced small amendments and observations for inclusion. With respect to subparagraph 2, there were discrepancies in the minimum age for a woman to enter into matrimony (14 years of age; 16 for a male), considering that at fourteen a girl is not either physiologically or psychologically ready to assume certain responsibilities. The legislators agreed that the minimum age would be 18 for both women and men, as is also stated in Republic of Equatorial Guinea basic Law.

Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office

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