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Paves Way for Equatoguineans to Regain Stolen Resources

(Paris) – France’s highest court, the Cour de Cassation, on July 28, 2021 upheld two lower courts’ convictions of Teodorin Nguema Obiang Mangue, the vice president of Equatorial Guinea and eldest son of the president, for embezzling and laundering…
Teodorin Nguema, Equatorial Guinea's vice president and son of President Teodoro Obiang.
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International Support Should Go Directly to Affected People, Not Government

(Johannesburg) – Equatorial Guinean authorities should invite international experts to conduct an independent investigation into the explosion that took place on March 7, 2021 at a military camp in Bata, the country’s largest city, Human Rights Watch…
A dark cloud of smoke shown in the aftermath of a series of explosions in Bata, Equatorial Guinea, March 7, 2021.
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ICJ Rejects Challenge to Confiscating “Ill-Gotten” Mansion

(Paris) – An International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling on December 11, 2020, paves the way for the people of Equatorial Guinea to regain misappropriated resources, Transparency International France, Human Rights Watch, and EG Justice said today. The…
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Risk of Subsidizing Systemic Abuses, Corruption

(Washington, DC) – The International Monetary Fund (IMF)’s Executive Board should delay a planned December 2019 vote on a US$280 million loan agreement with Equatorial Guinea, eight human rights and good governance organizations and…
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112 Convicted in Flawed Case; Defendants Alleged Torture

(Washington, DC) – An Equatorial Guinea court’s conviction of 112 defendants on May 31, 2019, in a trial rife with due process violations, including confessions extracted through torture, represents a gross miscarriage of justice, Human…
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Repression at Odds with Extractive Industry Watchdog’s Requirements

(Paris) – Equatorial Guinea is seeking to rejoin a group that works to curb corruption in resource-rich countries, Human Rights Watch, EG Justice, and Publish What You Pay said today. The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (…
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Grave Concern Detainees Have Been Tortured, Killed

Update: Onofre O. Otogo Ayecaba and Hector-Santiago Ela Mbang appeared at a trial in Bata on March 22, 2019, despite earlier concerns that both men had been killed in custody. (Paris)—Equatorial Guinea named a French anti-…
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UN Experts Should Take Up the Case

A prominent anti-corruption and human rights activist in Equatorial Guinea says that armed plainclothes security officers severely beat and stabbed him on October 27, 2018, Human Rights Watch, EG Justice, Amnesty…
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Use September 7 Meeting to Address Arbitrary Detentions, Disappearances, Abductions

(Beirut) – The Astana working group on detentions and abductions in the Syrian conflict should take immediate steps to address the Syrian government’s arbitrary detentions, torture of detainees, and enforced disappearances, 11 human…
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, Russia's President Vladimir Putin, and Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan lock hands during a group photo in Ankara, Turkey, Wednesday, April 4, 2018. © 2018 Tolga Bozoglu/Pool Photo via AP
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African Governments Should Ensure Right to Education

  (Nairobi) - Tens of thousands of pregnant girls and adolescent mothers are banned or discouraged from attending school across Africa, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today, ahead of the Day of the African Child…
Students enrolled in the final year of lower secondary school in the classroom in a village in Kolda region, southern Senegal. Adolescent mothers and married girls study in this school.
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Jailed for 6 Months, Barred from Leaving for 3 More

(Nairobi, May 29, 2018) – The Equatorial Guinean artist Ramón Esono Ebalé left the country on May 28, 2018, after being imprisoned for six months on apparently false charges and then waiting three months for travel documents, 13 rights organizations said…
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Unreasonable Delay in Renewing Cartoonist’s Passport

(Nairobi, May 1, 2018) – An internationally acclaimed cartoonist acquitted of trumped-up charges and released from prison on March 7, 2018, cannot leave Equatorial Guinea because authorities have stalled on renewing his passport, nine human rights groups…
Equatorial Guinea frequently harasses government critics. These cartoons are part of a campaign to free Ramón Nsé Esono Ebalé, a cartoonist who has been in prison since September 2017.
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Officer Admits Superiors Ordered Dubious Charges

An Equatorial Guinean court on March 7, 2018 released an artist imprisoned on dubious charges for nearly six months, 18 human rights groups said today. The prosecution dropped all charges against Ramón Esono Ebalé, a cartoonist whose work is often…
Equatorial Guinea frequently harasses government critics. These cartoons are part of a campaign to free Ramón Nsé Esono Ebalé, a cartoonist who has been in prison since September 2017.
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Evidence Suggests Fabricated Charges

(Nairobi, February 26, 2018) – The trial of an artist on dubious counterfeiting charges, apparently brought in retaliation for drawing cartoons critical of the government, will be a test both of the independence of the judiciary and of free speech in…
Equatorial Guinea frequently harasses government critics. These cartoons are part of a campaign to free Ramón Nsé Esono Ebalé, a cartoonist who has been in prison since September 2017.
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French Court Orders 3-Year Suspended Sentence, Seizes Assets

(Paris) – A Parisian court on October 27, 2017, convicted the president of Equatorial Guinea’s eldest son in absentia of embezzling tens of millions of euro from his government and laundering the proceeds in France. The court handed down…
Teodorin Nguema, Equatorial Guinea's vice president and son of President Teodoro Obiang
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Government Should Not Pursue Defamation Charges

(Washington, DC) – Equatorial Guinean authorities arrested a political cartoonist and activist on September 16, 2017, Human Rights Watch and EG Justice said today. He has been held in detention since then and authorities may be preparing to file criminal…
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As Reserves Dwindle, Little Time to Reverse Neglect of Health, Education

(Paris, June 15, 2017) – Equatorial Guinea’s mismanagement of its oil wealth has contributed to chronic underfunding of its public health and education systems in violation of its human rights obligations, Human Rights Watch said in a report released…
After spending several million dollars on government buildings in Malabo, the capital, and Bata, the nation’s economic center, Equatorial Guinea is pouring billions of dollars into building a new administrative capital, Oyala, in the middle of the jungle.
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2 Prominent Activists Arbitrarily Detained

(Nairobi, April 21, 2017) – Equatorial Guinean authorities should immediately release two men who head the country’s leading human rights organization, seven human rights and transparency organizations said. The police detained Enrique Asumu and…
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President Obama Should Press President Obiang to Cease Abuses

(Washington, DC) – President Barack Obama and other leaders scheduled to meet with President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea next week should denounce torture, corruption, and other serious human rights abuses in the country, EG Justice…
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Italian Citizen Targeted for Insider Knowledge of President’s Son

Update, July 4, 2014: Berardi was briefly allowed to go to Bata Central Hospital on the evening of July 2. The following day he was sent back to prison, where Berardi has again been denied medical treatment for his serious illnesses. (Nairobi, July 2,…
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