Equatorial Guinea abolishes the death penalty

The last official execution in this authoritarian regime dates back to 2014 according to Amnesty International, but the government is regularly accused of enforced disappearances, arbitrary detentions and torture in particular.

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Equatorial Guinea has abolished the death penalty, state television announced on Monday (September 19th), citing a law promulgated by Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, president of this small Central African oil country, among the most closed and regime among the most authoritative in the world.

“The death penalty is totally abolished in the Republic of Equatorial Guinea”provides the law of the new Equatoguinean Penal Code signed by the Head of State and broadcast by the Vice President on Twitter.

The last official execution dates back to 2014 according to Amnesty International, but the regime is regularly accused by international NGOs of enforced disappearances, arbitrary detentions and torture in particular. Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, 80, holds the world record for longevity in power, more than 43 years, excluding monarchies.

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