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Yearbook 1998

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.

1998 Equatorial Guinea

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.

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