Government The Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea responds to the comment of the Spokesman of the State Department of the United States Government, Phillip J. Crowley The Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea issues the following answer to the statements made by the State Department Spokesman of the United States Government, Phillip J. Crowley, in an article published last December 30 in The New York Times. In this article, said functionary made reference to the treatment of Human Rights in Equatorial Guinea and, specifically, by our President, H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo:

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The Government of Equatorial Guinea would like to express to Mr. Crowley and to the media in general that our President has always maintained his firm support in the defense of Human Rights in our country, from August 3, 1979, day of the Coup for Freedom, in which he himself led the historic rebellion that ended precisely the true genocide that had bled our State, with the total passivity from the international community. 

Likewise, we would also like to remind the State Department Spokesman of the United States, and the international media in general, that since the discovery of oil in 1996, the Government of President Obiang has been committed and works continuously to creating initiatives that are obtaining a radical development in our country and the Human Rights of its population. For this reason, the oil resources have been used in the literal reconstruction of our State, with the creation of all our basic  infrastructures –nonexistent until that time-, and the continuous training, health, democratization, judicial reform programs in which for decades international institutions have collaborated, such as the United Nations, UNDO, UNESCO, UNICEF, etc., and also the representatives of the diplomatic delegations with representation in Equatorial Guinea, such as the members of the United States Embassy themselves. Many American companies also participate in many ways in the unstoppable development of Equatorial Guinea.

In the same manner, the Equatorial Guinean Government wishes to express that there have also been many efforts to improve the comprehension of our country’s development, and our evolution regarding Human Rights. The recent statement made by the State Department Spokesman of the United States does not take into account any of this progress and is similar to those who frequently criticize the democratic process and the evolution of human rights that is taking place in Equatorial Guinea, ignoring the positive aspects obtained in the last decades. Among them, the management, good governability and economic transparency with which the Government is administrating the oil resources with which the transformation of our State has been carried out. 

Because of all of this, the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea invites Mr. Phillip J. Crowley, member of the United States Government, representatives of other democratic institutions from the United States, as well as other independent observers, to visit our country. This way, they can see the evident proof of these transformations, and form an opinion about Equatorial Guinea after seeing in situ the true, absolute and impressive development that is being experienced at present in our Country.

Signed

Jerónimo Osa Osa Ecoro

Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism

Spokesperson of the Government Republic of Equatorial Guinea