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Secret Life of a Shopaholic
An African dictator's playboy son and a multi-million dollar shopping spree in the U.S.
Equatorial GuineaPress Release
Son of Equatorial Guinea's dictator plans one of world's most expensive yachts
The Great Rip Off
Anonymous company owners and the threat to American interests.
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Corruption and Money-Laundering
Ill-gotten gains don’t disappear by themselves. Dictators, warlords and other criminals need ways to hide their identity and move dirty cash around the world.
Press Release / June 11, 2010
Civil society calls for UNESCO to drop Obiang prize
The United Nations Convention Against Corruption Civil Society Coalition, composed of almost 200 organizations committed to fighting corruption and promoting human rights worldwide, has written an open letter to the UN expressing its concern over the UNESCO-Obiang prize.
Press Release / May 10, 2010
UNESCO: End Alliance with Corrupt Dictator
The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is set to award a life sciences prize named after and funded by the dictator of Equatorial Guinea, despite pleas from hundreds of outraged individuals and organizations around the world. Human rights and other civil society groups today called for a full investigation into the source of the money in a joint letter to UNESCO.
Nov. 17, 2009
Secret documents reveal multi-million dollar shopping spree by African dictator’s son; U.S. authorities fail to act on evidence of corruption
Confidential U.S. government documents uncovered by campaign group Global Witness and reported on in today's New York Times, strongly suggest that Teodorin Obiang, son of the dictator of oil-rich Equatorial Guinea, purchased a $33 million private jet, a $35 million Malibu mansion, speedboats and a fleet of fast cars using corruptly acquired funds.
Press Release / June 22, 2011
Barclays account used by Dictator’s son to buy €18m of artwork with suspect funds
An account at Barclays bank was used by Teodorin Obiang, the son of the dictator of Equatorial Guinea, to buy €18m (£16m at current rates) of art from the estate of the late Yves Saint Laurent. Teodorin earns a salary of $6,799 (£4,200, €4,800) a month as a minister in his father’s government, yet lives a playboy life, owning fast cars, private jets and expensive real estate. The Barclays account was in the name of his forestry company, Somagui Forestal and the French anti-money laundering authority, Tracfin, suspects the funds could have been illicitly earned.
Press Release / May 12, 2011
UNESCO: Obiang Prize Rejected a Second Time
EG Justice, Global Witness and other civil society organizations today credited UNESCO’s Executive Board for soundly rejecting a petition by the government of Equatorial Guinea to reinstate a prize funded by and named after its president, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo.
Press Release / Aug. 12, 2010
UNESCO: retrait du Prix Obiang
Global Witness et 95 organisations partenaires demandent à l'Organisation des Nations Unies pour l'Education, la Science et la Culture (UNESCO) d'abolir le Prix Obiang lors de sa prochaine session en octobre 2010, dans une lettre adressée aujourd'hui aux membres du Conseil Exécutif de l'UNESCO.
Press Release / Feb. 26, 2003
Is Angola’s price for Security Council support over Iraq a licence to continue state looting?
UK Foreign Office Minister Baroness Amos’ current visit to Guinea, Angola and Cameroon, which takes place hot on the heels of last week’s visit by US Assistant Secretary of State for Africa Walter Kansteiner, seems geared to persuading the undecided to back a second UN Resolution on Iraq. Leaving aside arguments about Iraq, Global Witness is greatly concerned about what price Angola expects to extract for its support, and what has been, or is likely to be given in exchange for support at the UN?
Press Release / Jan. 20, 2003
Does US Bank Harbour Equatorial Guinea’s Oil Millions In Secret Accounts? US Department of Justice must investigate.
Information published in today’s LA Times(1) indicates that a massive US$300-500 million of Equatorial Guinea’s(2) oil revenues may have been placed in a provincial Washington DC bank, under the control of President-for-life Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo.