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Equatorial Guinea: torture / legal concern: Amancio Gabriel Nse

, N° d'index: AFR 24/003/1996

Amancio Gabriel Nse was arrested on 18 March 1996. AI believes that this leading member of the regional committee of the Convergence for Social Democracy party has been detained solely on account of his non-violent political activity.

EXTERNAL AI Index: AFR 24/03/96
UA 79/96 Torture / Legal concern 21 March 1996
EQUATORIAL GUINEAAmancio Gabriel Nse
Amancio Gabriel Nse was arrested on 18 March 1996 at a checkpoint outside
Niefang, in the Centro-Sur province of the mainland region of Río Muni. Amnesty
International believes that this leading member of the regional committee of
the Convergencia para la Democracia Social (CPDS), Convergence for Social
Democracy, party in Río Muni, has been detained solely on account of his
non-violent political activity. The organization has received reports that
he has been tortured in incommunicado police custody, and fears that he remains
at risk of further torture.
On 16 March, Amancio Gabriel Nse and another CPDS member, Pedro Ndong Mbale,
had been stopped at the same checkpoint as they were travelling to their village
in the south of Río Muni. On that occasion CPDS documents, including letters
from the national to the regional executive, were confiscated from them. When
they returned via the checkpoint two days later, the two men were arrested,
apparently because of one of the confiscated letters, which advised the party
regional executive of the need to change CPDS strategy now that the presidential
elections were over.
Amancio Gabriel Nse and Pedro Ndong Mbale spent the first night of their
detention at the police station in Niefang, during which time Amancio Gabriel
Nse was allegedly subjected to threats and verbal abuse. The next day, 19
March, the two men were taken to Bata, the capital of Río Muni, about 90
kilometres from Niefang. Initially, they were held at the central military
barracks there. Pedro Ndong Mbale was then released. At 9pm Amancio Gabriel
Nse was transferred to Bata prison. On 20 March at 7am he was taken back to
the military barracks, for a meeting with the inspector general of the armed
forces. Five hours later he was taken to the police station where he still
remains. Latest reports indicate that he is being kept, shackled, in a very
small cell.
BACKGROUND INFORMATION
Presidential elections were held in Equatorial Guinea on 25 February 1996,
several months before the President's mandate expired. They were won
overwhelmingly by the incumbent President, Teodoro Obiang Nguema. The
Plataforma de Oposición Conjunta (POC) Joint Opposition Platform, of which
the CPDS is a member, boycotted the elections after the POC was arbitrarily
dissolved by the electoral commission, which is composed of government officials
only, and the POC's candidate, Amancio Gabriel Nse, was disqualified. Dozens
of people, particularly members of parties in the POC, were arrested and
ill-treated in the run-up to the elections.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express/airmail
letters in Spanish or your own language:
- expressing concern at the arbitrary arrest of Amancio Gabriel Nse, detained
for his non-violent political activities;
- urging that he be immediately and unconditionally released;
- expressing concern at reports that he has been subjected to torture and that
he is being kept in shackles;
- calling for him to have immediate access to his family, lawyer and medical
care;
- calling for those responsible for any torture to be brought to justice.
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APPEALS TO:
1. President
Teodoro Obiang Nguema
Presidente de la República
Gabinete del Presidente de la República
Malabo, República de Guinea Ecuatorial
Faxes: + 2409 3313
Telexes: 5405 GBNOM 5405 EG
Telegrams: Presidente Nguema, Malabo, Equatorial Guinea
Salutation: Su Excelencia / Your Excellency
2. Minister of Justice
Francisco Javier Ndongo Mbengono
Ministro de Justicia y Culto
Ministerio de Justicia y Culto
Malabo, República de Guinea Ecuatorial
Telegrams: Ministro de Justicia, Malabo, Guinea Ecuatorial
Telexes: 5405 GBNOM 5405 EG
Salutation: Excelentísimo Señor / Dear Minister
3. Minister of Interior
Julio Ndong Ela Mangue
Ministro del Interior
Ministerio del Interior
Malabo, República de Guinea Ecuatorial
Telegrams: Ministro de Interior, Malabo, Guinea Ecuatorial
Telexes: 5405 GBNOM 5405 EG
Salutation: Excelentísimo Señor / Dear Minister
COPIES TO:
Foreign Minister
Miguel Oyono Ndong Mifumu
Ministro de Asuntos Exteriores y Cooperación
Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores
Malabo, República de Guinea Ecuatorial
Faxes: + 2409 2320
and to diplomatic representatives of Equatorial Guinea accredited to your
country.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat,
or your section office, if sending appeals after 8 May 1996.

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