Equatorial Guinea

Police officers in Equatorial Guinea arrested journalist Rodrigo Angue Nguema at his home in the capital, Malabo, on November 3. Angue Nguema works as a correspondent for the wire service Agence France-Presse (AFP), as well as several other foreign news organisations, and is one of the only independent journalists in the country. Angue Nguema is currently being held at the central police station in Malabo.

The Bush administration maintains reasonably friendly relations with the African nation of Equatorial Guinea despite the extreme human rights violations perpetrated by the government against its own people. The country sells nearly two thirds of its oil to the United States and, though a small nation, produces more crude per capita than Saudi Arabia. One might expect there to be plenty of money for everyone by way of revitalizing the economy and building up infrastructure. But most Equatoguin...read more

Ahead of the European Union heads of state and government meeting in Spain on 21-22 June, EU parliamentarians have called for "utmost firmness" against the government of President Teodoro Obiang Nguema in Equatorial Guinea for human rights violations.

Amnesty International has called on authorities in Equatorial Guinea to retry fairly within a reasonable period of time or release the nearly 70 people who received unfair and heavy sentences last Sunday. The accused were sentenced on the sole basis of statements extracted under torture during detention while they were deprived of communication.

Some 68 opposition leaders in Equatorial Guinea have been sentenced to jail terms ranging from six to 20 years for reportedly plotting to overthrow President Teodoro Obiang Nguema, news agencies reported on Monday.