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Oil-rich Angola and Equatorial Guinea have long shared the infamous distinction of having the longest-serving presidents in Africa – 38 years.
 
 That will change this week when Angolan President José Eduardo dos Santos is scheduled to hand over…
Teodorin Nguema, Equatorial Guinea's vice president and son of President Teodoro Obiang
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His Excellency José Eduardo dos Santos President of the Republic of Angola Re: Prosecution of Rafael Marques de Morais Dear President dos Santos, We, the undersigned individuals and organizations, are writing to you to express our strong concerns about…
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The bold activists around the world who stand up to corporate and government economic interests frequently face a harsh backlash. Individuals and communities are threatened, and activists may be arrested or killed with impunity in retaliation for speaking…
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Update: A response from the EITI Secretariat is available at this link. ContentsSummaryBackground: EITI’s Purpose, Structure, and RulesEITI’s Founding PrinciplesStructure of the InitiativeThe Central Role of Civil Society ParticipationCurrent…
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(Washington, DC) – The International Monetary Fund (IMF) should insist that Angola’s government explain how it spent more than US$41.8 billion in unaccounted oil revenues from 2007 to 2011, Human Rights Watch, Open Society Initiative of Southern Africa (…
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(Washington, DC) – The International Monetary Fund (IMF) should withhold a scheduled $130 million loan disbursement to the government of Angola until Angolan authorities fully and publicly justify a US$32 billion discrepancy in Angola’s public accounts,…
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Update: The IMF sent a response to Human Rights Watch on April 9, 2012. It is available as a downloadable resource on this page. Ms. Christine Lagarde Managing Director International Monetary Fund 700 19th Street, NW Washington, D.C. 20431 Re: March…
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Update: On January 17 2012, the government of Angola acknowledged the discrepancy in public accounts. In a statement issued through state media, the government emphatically denied that any funds were "missing" and said that, although its investigation…
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H.E. Mr. Carlos Alberto Lopes Minister of Finance Edifício do MinFin Largo da Mutamba Luanda, República de Angola Your Excellency, I am writing to you on behalf of Human Rights Watch to urge you to publicly account for the US$32 billion unexplained…
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(Washington, DC) – The government of Angola should promptly provide a full public accounting for US$32 billion in missing government funds thought to be linked to the state oil company, Human Rights Watch said today. A December 2011 report by the…
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(Washington, DC) - The decision today to end two countries' quests for membership in a global initiative on openness about natural resource profits shows that the initiative will not automatically accept governments that lack the political will to improve…
Report

 
 Transparency and Accountability in Angola
 An Update
 I. Summary
 II. Reforms
 Since 2004
 Publication
 of Oil Revenues: The Ministry of Finance Website and Signature Bonus Payments
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 Integrated Financial…
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(Washington, DC) - The government of Angola has not done enough to combat pervasive corruption and mismanagement, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Even though the oil-rich country's gross domestic product has increased by more than 400…
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(Washington, DC) - An international initiative that seeks to promote more openness about how countries profit from their oil, gas, and mining resources should not weaken its modest membership standards because governments are unable or unwilling to meet…
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(Washington, DC) - The Obama administration should adopt recommendations in a report issued today to help stop the flow of stolen money into the United States, Human Rights Watch said. The report is the result of a detailed investigation by Senators Carl…
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The government of Angola, which yesterday joined the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), should publicly account for how it spends the country’s massive oil wealth instead of harassing citizens who criticize corruption, Human Rights…
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(Bratislava) - The government of Slovakia must do more to bring its arms trade under control, Human Rights Watch said in a new report today. Slovakia adopted some legal reforms in 2001 and 2002, but serious problems remain that allow arms to be…