Department of State Releases Human Rights Report
Department of State Releases Human Rights ReportApril 25, 2013
The United States Department of State released in April (2013) its 2012 Country Report on Human Rights Practices for Equatorial Guinea.
This month, the United States Department of State released its 2012 Country Report on Human Rights Practices for Equatorial Guinea. The report highlights, among other things: ongoing government restrictions on freedom of speech, association, and movement; widespread corruption at all levels of government; arbitrary and unconstitutional detainment, trials, and executions of political opponents; the use of torture by security forces; and the harassment, arbitrary detainment, and killing of foreign nationals.
The 24-page report cites the cases—previously covered by EG Justice, Human Rights Watch and other international human rights organizations—of Florentino Manguire Eneme Ovina, Wenceslao Mansogo Alo, Fabian Nsue Nguema, and Ponciano Mbomio Nvo, as examples of violations of fundamental human rights. Additionally, it mentions the US Department of Justice’s asset forfeiture complaints against Teodorin’s property, the case in French courts against Teodorin, and Equatorial Guinea’s expulsion from the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative.
EG Justice applauds the U.S. Department of State for its accurate portrayal of the human rights situation in Equatorial Guinea.The upcoming parliamentary elections of May 26 represent yet one more opportunity for the government of Equatorial Guinea to take concrete, verifiable, and irreversible steps to address the violations documented in the State Department report and move in a new direction. Thus far, however, the alleged electoral census, the composition of the recently appointed National Electoral Commission, and statements pronounced by President Teodoro Obiang Nguema and by his son and Vice-President, Teodoro Nguema Obiang, illustrate a desire to stay the course.
The 2012 country report on Equatorial Guinea can be found here: http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/204327.pdf
Links to past human rights reports on Equatorial Guinea can be found here: http://www.state.gov/j/drl/rls/hrrpt/