Equatorial Guinea. In January, separatist unrest erupted
on the island of Bioko. They were in contradiction between
the two peoples bubi, who dominate numerically on Bioko, and
fang, who dominate on the mainland. According to
Countryaah, the Bubi people have
long protested against the prisoners' control of the
country's political bodies. The government blamed the
unrest, which cost seven people's lives, on Miab, a
separatist movement fighting for Bioko's self-determination.
After the incidents, 400 people were arrested, several of
whom were reportedly tortured severely. Of those arrested,
117 were tried in the spring. About half of them received
prison sentences of between 6 and 25 years, while 15 people
were sentenced to death in early June, according to
Information Minister Lucas Nguema accused of terrorism.