Equatorial Guinea

Cluster Munition Ban Policy

Last updated: 19 June 2019

Summary: Non-signatory Equatorial Guinea has never publicly commented on cluster munitions or its position on joining the convention. However, it voted in favor of a key United Nations (UN) resolution promoting the convention in December 2018. Equatorial Guinea is not known to have ever used, produced, transferred, or stockpiled cluster munitions.

Policy

The Republic of Equatorial Guinea has not acceded to the Convention on Cluster Munitions.

The government’s position on joining remains unknown because Equatorial Guinea has never commented publicly on cluster munitions or its position on accession to the convention. [1]

Equatorial Guinea participated in one meeting of the Oslo Process that created the convention, where it called for an end to the production and use of cluster munitions and for the destruction of all stockpiles. [2]

In December 2018, Equatorial Guinea voted in favor of a key UN General Assembly (UNGA) resolution that urges states outside the Convention on Cluster Munitions to “join as soon as possible.” [3] It voted in favor of previous annual UNGA resolutions promoting the convention in 2015 and 2017.

Equatorial Guinea is a State Party to the Mine Ban Treaty. It is not party to the Convention on Conventional Weapons.

Use, production, transfer, and stockpiling

Equatorial Guinea is not known to have ever used, produced, transferred, or stockpiled cluster munitions.



 [1] In October 2010, a government representative told the Cluster Munition Coalition (CMC) that Equatorial Guinea is concerned with the humanitarian consequences of cluster munitions and committed to follow up on the status of accession to the convention. CMC meeting with Toribio-Obiang Mba Meye, Counsellor, Permanent Mission of Equatorial Guinea to the UN in New York, 22 October 2010. Notes by the CMC.

 [2] Statement of Equatorial Guinea, Vienna Conference on Cluster Munitions, 6 December 2007. Notes by the CMC/Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom.

 [3]Implementation of the Convention on Cluster Munitions,” UNGA Resolution 73/54, 5 December 2018. Equatorial Guinea was absent from the vote on a similar UNGA resolution in 2016.


Mine Ban Policy

Last updated: 02 October 2012

The Republic of Equatorial Guinea acceded to the Mine Ban Treaty on 16 September 1998, becoming a State Party on 1 March 1999. Equatorial Guinea has not enacted new legislation specifically to implement the Mine Ban Treaty. Equatorial Guinea has not submitted its initial Mine Ban Treaty Article 7 report, which was due 28 August 1999. Equatorial Guinea did not attend any Mine Ban Treaty meetings in 2011 or the first half of 2012.

Equatorial Guinea has never produced antipersonnel mines. It has not formally declared the presence or absence of stockpiled antipersonnel mines, but it is not believed to possess a stockpile. Authorities have never responded to a Monitor inquiry into an allegation of antipersonnel mine use on the island of Bioko in 2004.

Equatorial Guinea is not party to the Convention on Conventional Weapons.