HL Deb 09 February 2005 vol 669 cc113-4WA
Lord Avebury

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Which of the 53 African Union member states have not signed up to the African Peer Review Mechanism; and, of those which have acceded to the mechanism, how many have completed their first examination. [HL1002]

The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean)

The following members of the African Union have not signed up to the African Peer Review Mechanism: Tunisia, Libya, Western Sahara, Mauritania, Niger, Sudan, Somalia, Cape Verde, The Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Liberia, Côte d'Ivoire, Togo, Chad, Djibouti, Eritrea, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Botswana, Swaziland, Sao Tome and Principe, Comoros, Seychelles and Madagascar.

However, 23 countries have signed up for peer review and reviews are underway in four of these.