Urgent Action: Human Rights Defender Allegedly Tortured (Equatorial Guinea: UA 15.19)

Human rights defender Joaquín Elo Ayeto was arrested on 25 February at his house in Malabo. He is accused of having information on a plot to kill the president. According to reliable sources, Joaquín was subjected to torture at least twice while at Central Police Station after his arrest which resulted in physical injuries. He was also threatened with death by police at the station. He is detained at Black Beach Prison. Since Saturday 2 March neither his lawyer nor his family has been allowed to see him.



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Mr Salvador Ondo Ncumu
Ministry of Justice, Religious Affairs & Penitentiary Institutions
Malabo II, Frente al ministerio de comercio
Equatorial Guinea
Ambassador Miguel Ntutumu Evuna Andeme
Embassy of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea
2020 16th St NW Washington, DC 20009
Phone: 202 518 5700
Fax: 202 518 5252
Email: [email protected]
Contact form: https://bit.ly/2FxaHaD
Salutation: Dear Ambassador

Dear Minister,

I am writing to bring to your attention the case of human rights defender Joaquín Elo Ayeto. a member of Somos+ Platform and the political opposition party Convergence for Social Democracy (CPDS), arrested on 25 February at his house in Malabo. No reason was given for his arrest. When he asked, he was only told “You will find out later”.

He was taken to the Central Police station in Malabo where he was questioned about an alleged plot to kill the president. According to reliable sources, he was beaten severely at least twice while at the Police station and was hung up from his hands. On Friday 1 March, Joaquín was brought to court. The judge refused to look into Joaquín’s injuries resulting from torture in police custody and instead told him that he would receive treatment in prison. The judge ordered his pre-trial detention at the Black Beach Prison. He has not been allowed access to his lawyer and family in detention since 2 March. He is yet to be charged.

I am extremely concerned for Joaquín’s life, his well-being, safety and health condition.

I urge you, as Minister of Justice, to ensure the immediate and unconditional release of Joaquín Elo Ayeto, who has been detained solely for the peaceful exercise of his human rights. He has been arbitrarily arrested with no charges against him. Pending Joaquín Elo Ayeto’s release, I urge you to ensure that he has access to medical treatment and assistance he may require and that he is not subjected to torture and other ill-treatment.

I would also urge you to immediately order thorough, impartial, effective and transparent investigations into allegations of Joaquín Elo Ayeto’s torture while in police custody and ensure anyone suspected to be responsible is brought to justice in line with international standards of fairness.

Yours sincerely,