Equatorial Guinea: Fear of Torture/Possible POCs

By Amnesty International, , Index number: AFR 24/001/2002

Felipe Ondó Obiang - former parliamentarian & leader of the Fuerza Demócrata Republicana (FDR), Republican Democratic Force, Emilio Ndongo Biyogo- member of the Unión Popular (UP), Popular Union Guillermo Nguema Elá - former Finance Minister & leader of the Fuerza Demócrata Republicana (FDR), Republican Democratic Force, General Jaime Obama Owono Nchama, Lt. Col. Lorenzo Ondó Elá, Lt. Col. Segismundo Obama Esono, Commandant Mariano Ndongo Esangui and at least 40 Civilians and military personnel are being held in Bata Public Prison, in the main city in the continental part of Equatorial Guinea, following a series of arrests by the security forces which began on 14 March. Amnesty International is concerned for their safety, following reports that some of them may have been tortured or ill-treated in prison, which is a routine punishment for political detainees in Equatorial Guinea. All are being held without charge and are possible prisoners of conscience.

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