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UA 93/94 - Equatorial Guinea: arbitrary arrest / torture / medical concern: Norberto "Tito" Mba Nze

, N° d'index: AFR 24/005/1994

Norberto Mba Nze, a representative of the Convergencia para la Democracia Social (CPDS), Convergence for Social Democracy, was apparently arrested on 28 February 1994 by the government representative in Akonibe, after he had made comments about the behaviour of this representative to the provincial governor. Since then he has been held incommunicado at Akonibe police station, where he has reportedly been severely tortured. He has reportedly sustained damage to the kidneys and has several open wounds, but has been denied medical treatment. He has been briefly detained on previous occasions for his peaceful political activities.

EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: AFR 24/05/94
Distr: UA/SC
UA 93/94 Arbitrary arrest / torture / medical concern 8 March 1994
EQUATORIAL GUINEA:Norberto "Tito" Mba Nze, aged 37, car mechanic,
representative of the Convergencia para la Democracia
Social (CPDS), Convergence for Social Democracy
Amnesty International has been informed of the unlawful arrest and torture
of Norberto "Tito" Mba Nze, the representative of the CPDS in Akonibe, in the
south east of the mainland province of Río Muni. Amnesty International fears
that he is at risk of further torture while held unlawfully in incommunicado
detention.
Norberto Mba Nze was apparently arrested on 28 February 1994 by the government
representative in Akonibe, after he had made comments about the behaviour of
this representative to the provincial governor. Since then, he has been held
incommunicado at Akonibe police station where he has reportedly been severely
tortured on a number of occasions - in particular he has been badly beaten
all over the body with a rifle butt and forced to lie in the sun for hours.
Norberto Mba Nze has reportedly sustained damage to the kidneys, has been
passing blood in his urine, and has several open wounds. He has been denied
medical treatment.
Norberto Mba Nze has been briefly detained on previous occasions for his peaceful
political activities. His most recent arrest was in March 1993 when he was
detained for a few days after distributing copies of La Verdad (The Truth),
the CPDS newspaper.
BACKGROUND INFORMATION
Human rights violations in Equatorial Guinea increased sharply in the run -up
to the November 1993 elections, the first multi-party elections since
independence in 1968, which were won by the ruling Partido Democrático de Guinea
Ecuatorial (PDGE), Equatorial Guinea Democratic Party. The elections were
boycotted by eight opposition parties, including the CPDS.
Since the elections at least 100 people have been arbitrarily arrested for
allegedly failing to vote in the elections: most have been tortured or
ill-treated. Intimidation of peaceful political activists, particularly those
who boycotted the elections, has continued into 1994.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes and airmail letters
either in Spanish, French or in your own language:
- expressing concern about the unlawful imprisonment and torture of Norberto
Mba Nze, who was arrested on 28 February 1994 in Akonibe;
- expressing concern at reports that he continues to be subjected to severe
torture, and that as long as he is in incommunicado detention he remains at
risk of further torture;
- urging that he be allowed immediate access to his family, lawyer, and to
any medical care that he may need;
- asking that reports of torture be thoroughly investigated, the results made
public and that anyone responsible for using or ordering torture be brought
to justice;
- urging that unless he is charged with a recognizably criminal offence he
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be immediately and unconditionally released.
APPEALS TO
1) President
General de Brigada Obiang Nguema Mbasogo
Presidente de la República
Gabinete del Presidente de la República
Malabo, República de Guinea Ecuatorial
Telegrams: Presidente Obiang Nguema, Malabo, Guinea Ecuatorial
Telexes: 5405 GBNOM 5405 EG
Faxes: + 240-9 3313
Salutation: Su Excelencia/Your Excellency
2) Prime Minister
Silvestre Siale Bileka
Primer Ministro
Gabinete del Primer Ministro
Malabo, República de Guinea Ecuatorial
Telegrams: Primer Ministro Siale Bileka, Malabo, Guinea Ecuatorial
Telexes: 5405 GBNOM 5405 EG
Salutation: Excelentísimo Señor/Dear Prime Minister
3) Minister of Justice
Francisco Javier Ndong Bengono
Ministro de Justicia y Culto
Ministerio de Justicia y Culto
Malabo, República de Guinea Ecuatorial
Telegrams: Ministro de Justicia Ndong Bengono, Malabo, Guinea Ecuatorial
Telexes: 5405 GBNOM 5405 EG
Salutation: Excelentísimo Señor/Dear Minister
4) Foreign Minister
Miguel Oyono Ndong Mifumu
Ministro de Asuntos Exteriores
Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores
Malabo, República de Guinea Ecuatorial
Telegrams: Ministro de Asuntos Exteriores, Oyono Ndong, Malabo, Guinea
Ecuatorial
Telexes: 5405 GBNOM 5405 EG
Faxes: +240-9 2320
Salutation: Excelentísimo Señor/Dear Minister
COPIES OF YOUR APPEALS TO: diplomatic representatives of Equatorial Guinea
in your country
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat,
or your section office, if sending appeals after 19 April 1994.

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