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Corruption Settlement Returns Looted Funds to the Public They Were Stolen From

A decade-long scandal involving Teodorin Nguema Obiang Mangue, the eldest son of Equatorial Guinea’s president, may actually have a happy ending for the people of the country whose resources have been looted. The United States Department of Justice…
Proceeds from the Malibu home seized from Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, vice president of Equatorial Guinea, are now funding the country's Covid-19 vaccine drive.
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Encouraging Signs They Are Set to Take More Leading Role

The Nordic countries proudly express steadfast commitment to human rights as a priority in foreign policy, but have been disappointingly inconsistent in practice. Sweden launched a feminist foreign policy in 2014 – a laudable approach that failed…
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Poverty, Corruption, Other Ills Should be Addressed

The United Nations’ Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process is meant to give countries a chance to scrutinize the human rights records of fellow UN member states. But countries with awful human rights records often respond to the…
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Senate Should Pass Law Requiring Repatriation of Stolen Assets

A Paris criminal court recently convicted Equatorial Guinea’s vice president in absentia of laundering more than US$120 million of his country’s assets in France, and seized his ill-gotten gains. The case, initiated by two French…
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Equatorial Guinea Vice President Gets to Keep $100-Million Yacht in Settlement

The son of the president of Equatorial Guinea, Teodorin Nguema Obiang, who is also vice president, kept a US$100-million superyacht in the Netherlands and 25 exotic cars in Switzerland. The yacht is worth more than…
In December 2016, authorities seized a yacht reportedly worth $100 million from Teodorin Obiang, the president’s eldest son and vice president, as part of an ongoing Swiss investigation into money-laundering.
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Plan Would Link EU Funds to Rule of Law, Functioning Judiciary

It’s not every day the European Commission proposes something truly ground-breaking. But yesterday, when the EU announced a new plan to link EU funds given to member states to the health of their judiciary, it did just that.…
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Rethinking How to Address a Touchy Subject

The International Monetary Fund is best known for doling out financial advice to governments and supporting programs that it believes will improve the country’s financial health, even when the reforms it recommends are a bitter pill for a government to…
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Other Council of Europe Countries Should Back LGBT Rights

As of March 1, Finland will allow same-sex couples to marry, bringing to thirteen the number of European countries with marriage equality laws.Nils Muiznieks, the Council of Europe’s Commissioner for Human Rights, in a statement on February 21, affirmed…
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Money-Laundering Trial of Equatorial Guinea’s Vice President to Proceed

Equatorial Guinea’s government has tirelessly worked to stop the prosecution of the president’s eldest son, known as Teodorin Nguema, who is accused of laundering tens of millions of Euros in France that were allegedly stolen from his oil-rich country.…
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Seeking justice for the ongoing grave human rights abuses in Syria has proven largely elusive. Now the shield of impunity is beginning to crack. Several countries, including Sweden, Germany, and France are in the process of investigating some…
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As uncomfortable and politically sensitive as it may be, the road to ending AIDS in the United States runs through the criminal justice system. The groups at highest risk for HIV are those most entangled with the criminal justice system. Sex workers, men…
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President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo loves to bring international events to Equatorial Guinea to distract attention from his government’s record of repression and corruption. So it’s no surprise the small, oil-rich country has yet again stepped up to…
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As foreign dignitaries arrive in Equatorial Guinea for the African Union summit that opens today, they return to the lavish venue built outside the capital, Malabo, for the 2011 AU summit, at a cost of $830 million. Complete with beach-front villas and an…