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Launched the petition against the entrance of Equatorial Guinea to the CPLP

Tuesday, 12 June 2012 11:10

A civic movement bringing together NGOs from different portuguese speakers countries, including Oikos, launched on 11th of June a campaign against the entrance of Equatorial Guinea to the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP).


The country, one of the most brutal dictatorships in Africa, aims to be accepted as a full member of the CPLP in the annual summit, scheduled for July 20 in Maputo, Mozambique.


post-itPeticaoGuineThis informal civil society movement, who took the name "Towards a Community of Values", brings together non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Mozambique, Portugal, Sao Tome and Principe, and East Timor, remains open to accession by other countries. Among the founding institutions of this movement are some platforms of NGOs in four of these countries, representing hundreds of institutions. It is the first time that various organizations from portuguse-speakers countries are joint in a concerted movement for the defense of democratic principles and respect for human rights in the CPLP.


In the letter, the movement states that the Portuguese was imposed as an official language of Equatorial Guinea by a decree of President Teodoro Obiang, although nobody in the country speaks the language. "Let a dictator to impose an official language in these conditions is to authorize an attack on the dignity of Portuguese language", reads the letter sent to the Heads of State and Government.
At a time when the leaders of Equatorial Guinea are under investigation, in France and in the U.S., for crimes committed in the exercise of their functions, the country's admission to CPLP is confined only to clean the image of one of the most violent regimes in Africa. The movement "Towards a Community of Values" promoves this unprecedented campaign to make clear to the leaders of the eight Portuguese-speaking countries that the citizens do not accept that the core values of human dignity are sacrificed in the name of oil
You can sign the petition and read more about this campaign:


See also (in portuguese):

» Press Report: "A victory for human dignity and civil society!"

» Press Report: "Angola, Mozambique and East Timor join the campaign against the entrance of Equatorial Guinea to CPLP"

» Press Report: "Civil Society of CPLP mobilizes against the entrance of Equatorial Guinea"

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