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Equatorial Guinea — Gun Facts, Figures and the Law

StockpilesGun Numbers

Civilian Guns

Number of Privately Owned Firearms

ChartThe estimated total number of guns (both licit and illicit) held by civilians in Equatorial Guinea is

2017: 112,0001
2007: 100,0002

Rate of Civilian Firearm Possession per 100 Population

ChartThe estimated rate of private gun ownership (both licit and illicit) per 100 people in Equatorial Guinea is

2017: 12.501
2007: 19.92

Number of Privately Owned Firearms - World Ranking

In a 2007 comparison of the number of privately owned guns in 178 countries, Equatorial Guinea ranked at No. 1373

Rate of Privately Owned Firearms per 100 Population - World Ranking

In a 2007 comparison of the rate of private gun ownership in 178 countries, Equatorial Guinea ranked at No. 292

Government Guns

Number of Military Firearms

The defence forces of Equatorial Guinea are reported to have 2,7604 firearms

Number of Law Enforcement Firearms

Police in Equatorial Guinea are reported to have 2,0005 firearms

ImpactsDeath and Injury

Homicides (any method)

ChartIn Equatorial Guinea, annual homicides by any means total

2015: 276
2012: 1427
2010: 24
2008: 1378

Rate of Homicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn Equatorial Guinea, the annual rate of homicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2015: 3.666
2012: 19.37
2010: 3.79
2008: 20.78
2004: 24.009
2002: 13.00

Male Homicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Equatorial Guinea, annual male homicides by any means total

2015: 2210
2010: 2010

Rate of Male Homicide per 100,000 People (any method)

In Equatorial Guinea, the annual rate of male homicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2015: 3.4410

Female Homicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Equatorial Guinea, annual female homicides by any means total

2015: 510
2010: 410

Rate of Female Homicide per 100,000 People (any method)

In Equatorial Guinea, the annual rate of female homicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2015: 0.9110

Suicides (any method)

ChartIn Equatorial Guinea, annual suicides by any means total

2016: 20111
2015: 194
2010: 159
2000: 95

Rate of Suicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn Equatorial Guinea, the annual rate of suicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2016: 26.4711
2015: 26.19
2010: 24.44
2000: 19.33

Male Suicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Equatorial Guinea, annual male suicides by any means total

2016: 15911
2015: 154
2010: 129
2000: 77

Rate of Male Suicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn Equatorial Guinea, the annual rate of male suicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2016: 42.0111
2015: 41.74
2010: 39.93
2000: 31.87

Female Suicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Equatorial Guinea, annual female suicides by any means total

2016: 4211
2015: 40
2010: 30
2000: 18

Rate of Female Suicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn Equatorial Guinea, the annual rate of female suicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2016: 11.0211
2015: 10.76
2010: 9.16
2000: 7.20

ProductionGun Industry

Regulation of Firearm Makers

In Equatorial Guinea, the manufacture of small arms, ammunition and/or their components is prohibited12

TransfersGun Trade and Trafficking

Firearm Exports

Small Arms Exports (US$) - Customs

The annual value of small arms and ammunition exports from Equatorial Guinea is reported by Customs to be US$39513 (2005)

Firearm Imports

Small Arms Imports (US$) - Customs

The annual value of small arms and ammunition imports to Equatorial Guinea is reported by Customs to be US$376,18713 (2011)

MeasuresGun Regulation

Right to Possess Firearms

In Equatorial Guinea, the right to private gun ownership is not guaranteed by law14 15

MeasuresInternational Controls

Regional Agreements

African Union

In June 2006, as a member of the African Union, Equatorial Guinea adopted an African Common Position to take to the Conference to Review the UN Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects (UNPoA), held in June 200616 17

United Nations Standing Advisory Committee on Security Questions in Central Africa

In November 2010, as a member of the United Nations Standing Advisory Committee on Security Questions in Central Africa (UNSAC), Equatorial Guinea adopted the Central Africa Convention for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons, their Ammunition, Parts and Components that can be used for their Manufacture, Repair and Assembly, known as the ‘Kinshasa Convention. A legally binding multilateral treaty for which UNSAC is depository, the Kinshasa Convention has since been signed, but not yet ratified18 19 by Equatorial Guinea

Geneva Declaration on Armed Violence and Development

The Geneva Declaration on Armed Violence and Development, a diplomatic initiative aimed at addressing the interrelations between armed violence and development, was not signed20 by Equatorial Guinea.

Arms Trade Treaty

The Arms Trade Treaty has not been signed21 by Equatorial Guinea

United Nations Firearms Protocol

The United Nations Protocol against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Their Parts and Components and Ammunition has not been signed22 by Equatorial Guinea

United Nations Small Arms Programme of Action UNPoA

UNPoA Commitment

On 21 July 2001, Equatorial Guinea committed to a consensus decision of the United Nations to adopt, support and implement the UN Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects23

UNPoA Implementation Monitor Score

In its UN small arms Programme of Action Implementation Monitor (PoAIM Phase 1), the Small Arms Survey scored Equatorial Guinea against its commitments to the PoA, then ranked it at No. 15824 25 26 27 among 159 Member States

UNPoA National Reporting

Under the terms of its 2001 commitment to the United Nations small arms Programme of Action, Equatorial Guinea has submitted one or more national reports28 29 on its implementation of the UNPoA

UNPoA National Point of Contact

In Equatorial Guinea, a National Point of Contact to deal with issues relating to the UNPoA has not been designated29

UNPoA National Coordinating Body

In Equatorial Guinea, a National Coordinating Body to deal with issues relating to the UNPoA has been designated30

UNPoA Civil Society Involvement and Support

In National Reports of Equatorial Guinea submitted to the UN from 2001 to 2010, a history of substantive cooperation with civil society in support of UNPoA activities was not apparent29

UNPoA International Assistance – Donor

Funds for UNPoA implementation have not been donated29 by Equatorial Guinea to other UN Member States

United Nations Small Arms Register

According to the United Nations Register of Conventional Arms, Equatorial Guinea has not declared31 its small arms exports in one or more annual National Reports on Arms Exports.

United Nations Membership

In the UN List of Member States, Equatorial Guinea has been a Member State of the United Nations since 196832

Wassenaar Arrangement

The Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls and Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies does not list33 Equatorial Guinea as a Participating State

BackgroundSustainable Development Goal Profile

About SDG 16

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are 17 goals set by the United Nations to be implemented by all member states by 2030. Adopted in 2015, they outline a vision of development in which peace and security are an integral part. SDG 16,34 which seeks to “promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development,” includes targets and indicators focused on reducing violence (Target 16.1) and the proliferation of illicit arms (Target 16.4). The indicators – or measurement criteria – of these targets include the number of victims of intentional homicide (Indicator 16.1.1), the number of conflict-related deaths (Indicator 16.1.2), and the number of illicit firearms collected and traced (Indicator 16.4.2). In light of these targets and indicators, GunPolicy.org provides granular national data pertaining to homicides, gun homicides, conflict deaths, disarmament efforts, and marking and tracing.

Homicides (any method)

ChartIn Equatorial Guinea, annual homicides by any means total

2015: 276
2012: 1427
2010: 24
2008: 1378

Rate of Homicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn Equatorial Guinea, the annual rate of homicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2015: 3.666
2012: 19.37
2010: 3.79
2008: 20.78
2004: 24.009
2002: 13.00

Male Homicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Equatorial Guinea, annual male homicides by any means total

2015: 2210
2010: 2010

Rate of Male Homicide per 100,000 People (any method)

In Equatorial Guinea, the annual rate of male homicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2015: 3.4410

Female Homicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Equatorial Guinea, annual female homicides by any means total

2015: 510
2010: 410

Rate of Female Homicide per 100,000 People (any method)

In Equatorial Guinea, the annual rate of female homicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2015: 0.9110

Conflict Deaths

For a profile of conflict in Equatorial Guinea, select the Link icon to open an external web page from the UCDP Conflict Encyclopedia at Uppsala University

Global Peace Index

To see where Equatorial Guinea ranks, select the Link icon to open an external web page at the Global Peace Index, and then click on Equatorial Guinea on the map or in the "Select Country" menu on the right of the web page


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