EG Justice is an independent voice for reform in Equatorial Guinea.
EG Justice works to promote human rights, the rule of law, transparency, and civic participation to build a just Equatorial Guinea.
The Need for EG Justice
Equatorial Guinea, a country slightly smaller than Belgium, is the third largest oil-exporting nation in sub-Saharan Africa. In 2008, its government received $6 billion from the sale of oil and natural gas, an amount equivalent to $9000 for each of the country's 660,000 citizens. Despite this extraordinary resource wealth, however, the vast majority of Equatoguineans live in poverty on less than $2 per day.
Since gaining independence from Spain in 1968, Equatorial Guinea has suffered under two corrupt and undemocratic governments whose oppressive rule and mismanagement of the economy have resulted in systematic deprivation of the population. The current regime maintains power by intimidating and suppressing the public from fully participating in political activities, using arbitrary detentions, torture, and even execution to silence its critics, and buying support via the illicit use of state money.
Yet because of the strategic economic importance of oil and natural gas, many countries have been reluctant to criticize or to enforce regulations against the nation’s ruling regime.
At current extraction rates and proven reserves, the country’s oil reserves will run out in 20 years. Thus, only a small window of opportunity exists to use oil profits to curb the nation’s widespread poverty. There is great need, therefore, for a robust and organized campaign to push for meaningful reform in the areas of human rights, the rule of law, transparency, and civic participation in Equatorial Guinea.
EG Justice is making that push.
Promoting human rights, the rule of law, transparency, and civic participation.