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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 15, 2012
DC Meeting Set with President Obiang as Corruption Details Emerge
Obiang Should Tackle Corruption, Poverty, and Repression in Oil-Rich Equatorial Guinea (Washington, DC, June 15, 2012) – The president of Equatorial Guinea should take concrete steps to respect human rights, address corruption, and improve transparency, Global Witness, Human Rights Watch, Open Society Foundations, and Oxfam America said today. On June 15, the four groups will meet with President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo in Washington, DC, to press for meaningful reforms.
Press Release / June 13, 2012
New documents detail alleged grand corruption in Equatorial Guinea
A new US Department of Justice court filing has made substantial allegations of corruption against Teodorin Obiang, the son of the president of Equatorial Guinea. The document is part of a wider US effort to recover assets – including a $30 million mansion in Malibu and a collection of Michael Jackson memorabilia – that it alleges are the proceeds of corruption. The court has not yet ruled on these allegations, which Teodorin denies.
Press Release / Feb. 27, 2012
UNESCO: Eliminate Obiang Prize; Critics Oppose His Proposal to Rename Award
(Paris, February 27, 2012) – UNESCO’s governing executive board should abolish a prize named after and funded by President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea at its upcoming meeting, seven civil society groups said today. The board is set to make a final decision on the fate of the prize at its session scheduled for February 27 to March 10, 2012, in Paris.
"In The Press" Article / Feb. 10, 2012
BBC World Service [Assignment] - Equatorial Guinea, Follow the Money
Rob Walker of the BBC Assignment team investigates what’s happened to billions of dollars in oil revenues paid to the government of Equatorial Guinea since it's oil boom in the 1990s. Anthea Lawson from Global Witness's Banks campaign was interviewed.
"In The Press" Article / Feb. 28, 2011
Deutsche Welle - African dictator's son gets mega-yacht designed in Germany
The London-based anti-corruption campaign group, Global Witness, said it has evidence that Teodorin Obiang, the Minister of Agriculture and Forestry of the tiny West African state of Equatorial Guinea, has plans to order a luxury yacht worth hundreds of millions of dollars from a shipyard in northern Germany, says Deutsche Welle - read here.
"In The Press" Article / Feb. 11, 2011
Washington Post - US diplomat calls African dictator a good guy
A U.S. diplomat called Equatorial Guinea's dictator of 31 years one of "the good guys" in leaked diplomatic cables urging Washington to engage with its third largest oil supplier or risk endangering energy security, according to the Washington Post.
Press Release / Oct. 14, 2011
U.S. takes welcome action to seize dictator’s son’s haul
Today the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) unsealed an asset forfeiture claim against a $30m Malibu house, a $38.5 million Gulfstream jet and other assets owned by the son of the President of Equatorial Guinea, claiming that they were bought with the proceeds of corruption.
Press Release / Oct. 5, 2011
UNESCO: Obiang prize suspended again
The decision by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s executive board on October 4, 2011, to defer any action on a highly controversial life sciences prize named after and funded by President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea blocked a move to reinstate the prize immediately, but the board should eliminate the prize permanently, six civil society organizations said today.
Press Release / Aug. 12, 2011
Revelations in the Economist: The Queensway syndicate and the Africa trade
Revelations in the Economist expose how a syndicate of private companies based in Hong Kong has been able to secure access to vast tracts of Africa’s current and future natural resource wealth in deals struck behind closed doors with pariah regimes.