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Yearbook 2002

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 rights field.

2002 Equatorial Guinea

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 secrecy.

According to 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.

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