Equatorial Guinea

740 thousand people
15,670 USD GNI (PPP)
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Freedom House strongly opposes the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)’s bid to reconsider the life sciences prize named after Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, who has blatantly ignored human rights abuses in his country for the past 30 years, and calls on the UNESCO Executive Board to remove the prize from consideration permanently.

On June 11, 2011, three employees from German television station ZDF were briefly detained and had their video footage destroyed in Equatorial Guinea. The crew was filming a concert at a French cultural center in Malabo as part of a larger effort to capture via film the general state of affairs in Equatorial Guinea. They were taken to TVGE studios where security agents led by the director of the state-controlled TV station, Teobaldo Nchaso Matomba, ordered them to hand over all video footage.

President Teodoro Obiang N’guema of Equatorial Guinea is one of the world’s worst human rights abusers, and the African Union should categorically reject his impending assumption to the chairmanship of the organization, according to Freedom House.


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Worst of the Worst 2011: The World's Most Repressive Societies

Freedom House has prepared this special report entitled Worst of the Worst: The World’s Most Repressive Societies, as a companion to its annual survey on the state of global political rights and civil liberties, Freedom in the World. The special report provides summary country reports, tables, and graphical information on the countries that receive the lowest combined ratings for political rights and civil liberties in Freedom in the World, and whose citizens endure systematic and pervasive human rights violations.

Worst of the Worst 2007

Sudan, North Korea and Uzbekistan are prominent among the most repressive regimes in the world, according to a report released by Freedom House.  The study, “The Worst of the Worst: The World's Most Repressive Societies 2007,” named seventeen countries with the worst records for political rights and civil liberties, and pointed to thirteen countries which have been on the list for five years or more.


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