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The Global Gender Equality Constitutional Database is a repository of gender equality related provisions in 194 constitutions from around the world. The Database was updated in partnership with the International Bar Association's Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) and with support from the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) and the Government of Japan. Experience its wealth and depth of information by starting your search now.

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Status of the Constitution

Congo, Democratic Republic of the, English

There is no excuse of ignorance of the law.
All persons are required to respect the Constitution and to comply with the laws of the Republic. (Art. 62)

Congo, Democratic Republic of the, French

Nul n’est censé ignorer la loi.
Toute personne est tenue de respecter la Constitution et de se conformer aux lois de la République. (Art. 62)

Status of the Constitution

Congo, Democratic Republic of the, English

The orders of the Constitutional Court are not susceptible to any recourse and are immediately executory. They are obligatory and [are] imposed on the public powers, on all the administrative, and jurisdictional, [and] civil and military authorities as well as on individuals.
Any act declared non-conforming to the Constitution is null[,] of right. (Art. 168)

Congo, Democratic Republic of the, French

Les arrêts de la Cour constitutionnelle ne sont susceptibles d’aucun recours et sont immédiatement exécutoires. Ils sont obligatoires et s’imposent aux pouvoirs publics, à toutes les autorités administratives et juridictionnelles, civiles et militaires ainsi qu’aux particuliers.
Tout acte déclaré non conforme à la Constitution est nul de plein droit. (Art. 168)

Status of the Constitution

Congo, Democratic Republic of the, English

The customary authority is recognized.
It is devolved conforming to local custom, provided that it is not contrary to the Constitution, to the law, to public order and to good morals.
… (Art. 207)

Congo, Democratic Republic of the, French

L’autorité coutumière est reconnue.
Elle est dévolue conformément à la coutume locale, pour autant que celle-ci ne soit pas contraire à la Constitution, à la loi, à l’ordre public et aux bonnes moeurs.
… (Art. 207)

Status of the Constitution

Congo, Democratic Republic of the, English

If the Constitutional Court consulted by the President of the Republic, by the Prime Minister, the President of the National Assembly or the President of the Senate, by a tenth of the Deputies or a tenth of the Senators, declares that an international treaty or agreement includes a clause contrary to the Constitution, the ratification or approval may only intervene after the revision of the Constitution. (Art. 216)

Congo, Democratic Republic of the, French

Si la Cour constitutionnelle consultée par le Président de la République, par le Premier ministre, le Président de l’Assemblée nationale ou le Président du Sénat, par un dixième des députés ou un dixième des sénateurs, déclare qu’un traité ou accord international comporte une clause contraire à la Constitution, la ratification ou l’approbation ne peut intervenir qu’après la révision de la Constitution. (Art. 216)

Status of the Constitution

Congo, Democratic Republic of the, English

Provided that they are not contrary to this Constitution, the legislative and regulatory texts in force continue to maintain it until their abrogation or their modification. (Art. 221)

Congo, Democratic Republic of the, French

Pour autant qu’ils ne soient pas contraires à la présente Constitution, les textes législatifs et réglementaires en vigueur restent maintenus jusqu’à leur abrogation ou leur modification. (Art. 221)

Status of the Constitution

Eritrea, English

All citizens shall have the duty to:

5. respect and defend the Constitution;
… (Art. 25)

Status of the Constitution

Eritrea, English


3. This Constitution is the supreme law of the country and the source of all laws of the State, and all laws, orders and acts contrary to its letter and spirit shall be null and void. 4. All organs of the State, all public and private associations and institutions and all citizens shall be bound by and remain loyal to the Constitution and shall ensure its observance. 5. This Constitution shall serve as a basis for instilling constitutional culture and for enlightening citizens to respect fundamental human rights and duties. (Art. 2)

Status of the Constitution

Eritrea, English

We, the people of Eritrea, …
approve and solemnly ratify, through the Constituent Assembly, this Constitution as the fundamental law of our Sovereign and Independent State of Eritrea. (Preamble)

Status of the Constitution

South Africa, English

We, the people of South Africa …
We therefore, through our freely elected representatives, adopt this Constitution as the supreme law of the Republic so as to –
Heal the divisions of the past and establish a society based on democratic values, social justice and fundamental human rights; … (Preamble)

Status of the Constitution

South Africa, English

(1) The Republic of South Africa is one, sovereign, democratic state founded on the following values:

(c) Supremacy of the constitution and the rule of law.
… (Sec. 1)