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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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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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Critics Intimidated, Arbitrarily Detained, Beaten

  (Geneva) – Governments should use an upcoming United Nations review of Equatorial Guinea’s rights record to question the country’s brutal repression of human rights defenders, the…
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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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Equatorial Guinea has the highest GDP per capita of any African country. What’s gone wrong?         About 20 years ago the country discovered oil, and virtually overnight it went from being one of the poorest…
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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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. The government spent only 2 to 3 percent of its annual budget on health…
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Summary The president of Equatorial Guinea, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, once described the discovery of oil in the 1990s off the coast of the small Central African nation as “manna from heaven,” the Biblical life-saving bread that God sent…
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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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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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The US Justice Department’s $30 million settlement deal with the eldest son of Equatorial Guinea’s president, announced on October 10, marks the end of a decade-long US effort to pursue Teodoro (“Teodorín”) Nguema Obiang Mangue for corruption and money-…
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Human Rights Watch regrets that the UPR indicates there has been no progress by the Equatorial Guinea government since its 2009 review. The many and serious concerns and valuable recommendations offered during this review closely correspond to…
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The US-Africa Summit wrapped up yesterday, but that wasn’t the end of the fanfare for one of its most controversial participants. President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea, the world’s longest serving non-royal head of state, was…
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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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First Visit by United Nations Head, Spain’s Prime Minister

(New York) – Global leaders visiting Equatorial Guinea for an African Union summit should call on the government of President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo to improve its human rights record and urgently address corruption, EG Justice and Human Rights…
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Money-Laundering Case Sends Strong Signal

(New York, March 21, 2014) – France’s indictment of the eldest son of President Teodoro Obiang Nguema of Equatorial Guinea on money-laundering charges sends a strong message in the global fight against kleptocracy, Human Rights Watch said today. French…
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(Updated April 2014) Introduction Human Rights Watch notes with concern that the government of Equatorial Guinea has failed to follow through on the commitments it undertook during its first UPR review and other related pledges. This submission builds…
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Country’s Citizens Denied Free, Fair Elections

(Washington, DC) – Latin American and African officials participating in a cross-regional meeting in Equatorial Guinea should press their host, President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasago, to undertake serious human rights and democratic reforms ahead of…
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Opposition Figures and Their Lawyers Harassed Ahead of 2013 Elections

(Washington, DC) – The most recent arbitrary detention of a leading opposition politician in Equatorial Guinea on December 4, 2012,raises concerns about human rights conditions in the lead-up to legislative elections in the first half of 2013. Since…