ViewPoint: The Looting of Equatorial Guinea

Author: Arvind Ganesan, Human Rights Watch, on Sea Change Radio [USA], Published on: 5 August 2009

...Equatorial Guinea...[is] the fourth largest oil-producer in sub-Saharan Africa. ExxonMobil, Hess and Marathon are all there... Under [Teodoro Obiang Nguema], Equatorial Guinea basically has no free press, no independent judiciary, or independent civil society. And torture, arbitrary detentions, and corruption are rife... the US State Department, the International Monetary Fund, and others have repeatedly noted that the government of Equatorial Guinea doesn’t spend enough money on its own people. The people of the country have a per capita income comparable to Spain or Italy and development indicators more like Afghanistan.

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Related companies: ExxonMobil Hess Corporation Marathon Oil