Rights Group: Equatorial Guinea misused oil money

July 9th, 2009

Associated Press

JOHANNESBURG — A human rights group said Thursday that government officials in tiny Equatorial Guinea have used tens of millions of dollars in oil profits to buy lavish homes, cars and vacations while leaving citizens in miserable poverty.

New York-based Human Rights Watch said the government — already considered one of the world’s worst human rights violators — broke an international accord that compels it to provide basic amenities to its people.

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