Target: Baudelaire Ndong Ella, President of Human Rights for the United Nations
Goal: Stop president of Equatorial Guinea from continuing harmful autocracy
Corruption, poverty and extreme repression continue to plague the people of Equatorial Guinea under the rule of President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo. In power since 1979, Mbasogo is responsible for despicable crimes against humanity, and after 35 years in power remains the longest non-royal head of state in the world today.
In a recent dispatch report by Human Rights Watch, President Mbasogo has been called out for bringing international events to Equatorial Guinea to distract attention from his political oppression and ongoing corruption. The small, oil-rich country is poised to host the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) soccer tournament, but beyond the country’s shiny new constructions and renovated stadiums lies a society stricken by abject penury and horrific social conditions.
Nearly half of Equatorial Guinea’s population lacks clean water and basic sanitation. Housing conditions are dire, and schools and health care are poor. The average income is set at an abysmal $300US a year, and life expectancy is bleak, at only 45 years. Diseases are also rampant in Equatorial Guinea, as more than 90 percent of the population contracts malaria each year and cholera epidemics strike periodically because of inadequate water systems.
Further, President Mbasogo’s government is also known for its propensity to jail and torture political opponents, and those who threaten political power and interests. The country is also guilty of violating press freedom, after German journalists were detained, censored and expelled for exposing the country’s human rights violations while covering the 2012 CAN games. The US Justice Department is also guilty of cooperating with the country regarding corruption and money laundering after President Mbasogo’s eldest son reached a $30 million dollar settlement with the department, perpetuating the country’s high level of corruption.
While Equatorial Guinea’s elite live in luxury, the rest of the country suffers in unnecessary poverty. Sign the petition to urge President Baudelaire Ndong Ella of the Human Rights Council to end the reign of Equatorial Guinea’s most corrupt leader.
Dear President Baudelaire Ndong Ella,
For 35 years President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea has used sporting events and international competitions to hide the country’s dire economic, political and social climate. Today, more than half of the population lacks clean water, basic sanitation, adequate housing, sufficient schools and health care.
To say the country is suffering is a complete understatement. Beyond newly renovated stadiums and fancy hotel accommodations is a country buckling under the rule of a tyrannous, selfish and callous leader. President Mbasogo has unlawfully jailed and tortured political opponents, nixed press freedoms, and has used his wealth to justify corruption and avoid being held responsible for crimes.
Economic mismanagement has thrown the entire country into a recession, and billions of dollars in oil revenue have been stolen or spent unwisely. The people of Equatorial Guinea deserve to be freed from the chains of poverty and poor livelihoods. I urge you to depose President Mbasogo and impeach him for his human rights violations immediately.
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