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ROC: Review of the implementation of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Excerpt from Economic and Social Council, Summary record of the 17th meeting 11/05/2000: Republic of Congo

Mr. BIABOROH IBORO (Republic of the Congo), replying to a question about the situation of pygmies, said that the Constitution recognized them as Congolese citizens, granting them access to education and work. Everything possible was being done in terms of legislation and Government policy to integrate pygmies into society while also respecting their culture; however, since they constituted a national minority that had opted for a rural existence different from that of the majority of the population, problems sometimes arose in the integration process. He emphasized that many pygmies had paid employment in agriculture and could therefore not be regarded as slaves.

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