Equatorial Guinea

Pro-democracy, human rights work.

Equatorial Guinea resulted in the public commitments by the President of EG to implement a campaign to protect human rights and to implement a comprehensive program of political, economic, and legal reform. Mr. Obiang made a public speech outlining that program before the world’s media and an audience of over 1,000 in Cape Town, South Africa, in June of 2010, at a conference co-sponsored by CNN, Time Magazine, and Fortune Magazine.

See link to text of that speech: Speech that Lanny wrote for the president delivered before the world’s media at a forum in Cape Town

That speech, written by Lanny Davis, and its detailed program for human rights and reform, was praised by Nobel Peace Price winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

See link of that speech: Letter by Desmond Tutu of South Africa

UPDATE:

On August 26, 2013, the Washington D.C. U.S. District Court issued a written decision finding in favor of Lanny Davis on the reimbursement of expenses under his contract 2010 with the government Equatorial Guinea. The “default judgment” did not affect legal fees, but only promised reimbursements for travel expenses.

The judge acknowledged that Davis’ services under the contract “included advice and assistance in instituting a ‘comprehensive program of political, legal, and economic reform [the “Reform Program”], including, without limitation, the rule of law, democracy, and independent judiciary, and a free press.’” The judge also referred to the specific speech Davis had written for delivery to a media forum in Cape Town, South Africa, committing the president of EG to this reform program as well as Nobel Prize Winning Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s praise for the program outlined in that speech.

See link of that memorandum: Memorandum Opinion in Lanny J. Davis & Associates v. Equatorial Guinea

Statement from Mark Zaid, attorney for Lanny Davis:

“We intend to aggressively enforce the judgment, which pertains only to the reimbursement of expenses, against Equatorial Guinea’s assets throughout the United States. Foreign Sovereigns who do business in our country must understand they are subject to the same laws and obligations as everyone else,” said Mark S. Zaid, the Washington, D.C. attorney for Lanny Davis. Zaid added that it is particularly unfortunate that Equatorial Guinea reneged on its obligations as Mr. Davis’ services were designed to help bring about positive reform and change in a country that desperately needs the rule of law, democracy, an independent judiciary, and a free press.