Equatorial Guinea

The only classroom for the mentally disabled in Equatorial Guinea is run by two non-governmental organisations, InteRed and the Teresian Institute. According to an activist in Spain, the country's government have not provided any other public institutions because in their eyes, the mentally handicapped do not exist. The classroom has 40 students and has been providing basic education, adult literacy classes and vocational training since 1983. In order to receive more support and legitimacy...read more

Britain was given a full outline of an illegal coup plot in a vital oil-rich African state, including the dates, details of arms shipments and key players, several months before the putsch was launched, according to confidential documents obtained by The UK Observer. But, despite Britain's clear obligations under international law, Jack Straw, who was personally told of the plans at the end of January, failed to warn the government of Equatorial Guinea.

The dictator of Equatorial Guinea, Teodoro Obiang Nguema, is stepping up suppression of opposition, while social conditions in the tiny West African nation are worsening, an opposition leader told IPS on his visit to Spain. Because of the high levels of corruption, there is no spending on social programmes, including health. ”Even in Malabo, not to mention the hinterland, if someone has to be taken to a hospital for an emergency, the medicines must be purchased in a pharmacy,” said the oppo...read more

The British government learned about an alleged plot to overthrow the government of Equatorial Guinea in January this year, several weeks before suspects who included British citizens were arrested in the case. Britain denies being involved in any plot to topple Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo despite accusations from Zimbabwe that U.S., British and Spanish spy agencies did play a part.

New evidence has emerged linking Jeffrey Archer to the alleged conspirators behind the attempted coup in Equatorial Guinea. A lawyer for the Equatorial Guinea government said in London Tuesday that telephone records showed four calls between the homes of one of the alleged financiers behind the plot, London-based Lebanese businessman Ely Calil, and Lord Archer in the run-up to the coup attempt in March. Another alleged plotter, businessman Greg Wales, also made five calls to Sir Mark Thatcher...read more