Equatorial Guinea. In March, the government accused the
opposition of planning a coup. Several hundred people were
arrested and tortured and three leading opposition
politicians were reported to have been killed. In June, 68
people were sentenced to prison for between 6 and 20 years.
Amnesty International criticized the UN Human Rights
Commission for calling it its special envoy, citing
Equatorial Guinea's "significant progress" in the human
After silencing the opposition, in December, Obiang
allowed himself to be re-elected as president for seven
years, with virtually all votes. The opposing candidates
protested in vain against cheating and total lack of voting
Countryaah website, increased contradictions in Equatorial Guinea are partly
due to the uneven distribution of the country's sudden
wealth. Equatorial Guinea has in a few years developed into
one of Africa's largest oil producers and the fourth largest
recipient of US investment in sub-Saharan Africa. The growth
rate in the economy was 65% in 2001.
The population has doubled by moving in to over one
million in seven years. Similarly, the proportion of
HIV-infected people has more than doubled from 3 to just
over 7% in five years.