APDHE v. Equatorial Guinea

APDHE v. Equatorial Guinea

Open Society Justice Initiative | October 12, 2007
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Together with the Spanish human rights organization Asociación pro Derechos Humanos de España (APDHE) and EG Justice, a U.S.-based rights organization, the Open Society Justice Initiative filed a complaint to the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, arguing that this diversion of the oil wealth violates the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights. The case is currently being considered by the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights.

"In Equatorial Guinea a small clique of ruling families reaps huge profits through corruption and monopoly control of the national petro-carbon industry, while leaving the ordinary people to live in poverty. This violates the right of the people to freely dispose of their natural wealth protected in the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights... When large deposits of exploitable petroleum and gas were discovered in Equatoguinean waters in the early 1990s, the ruling group used its previous acquisitions and political dominance to ensure itself control over the vast hydrocarbon resources, locking up for themselves the benefit of these new opportunities.

Despite this wealth, Equatorial Guinea remains at or near the bottom for every major development and governance indicator, far below countries whose per capita wealth should make them peers..."

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