Urgent Action Update: Detained Cartoonist Must be Freed Immediately (Equatorial Guinea: UA 219.17)

Ramón Esono Ebalé, an Equatorial Guinean cartoonist and activist, has spent almost 5 months in prison. He is being held in pre-trial detention waiting for a trial date. He was charged with counterfeiting money, but Ramón has denied the allegations.


On 16 February, Equatorial Guinean cartoonist and activist Ramón Esono Ebalé will have spent five months in pre-trial detention. He was arrested and detained in the capital of the country, Malabo, on 16 September 2017, and questioned over his cartoons that criticised Equatorial Guinea’s President Teodoro Obiang and his government. The cartoons were shared on the internet. He was informed that he had formally been charged with counterfeiting money on 7 December 2017, after having already spent three months in detention without charge. Ramón has denied the allegations against him and insists that he is innocent.

Write a letter, send an email, call, fax or tweet:

  • Urging the authorities to immediately and unconditionally release Ramón Esono Ebalé, as he has been detained solely for the peaceful exercise of his right to freedom of expression;
  • Calling on them to ensure that the criminal justice system is not misused to target or harass human rights defenders;
  • Calling on them to ensure that the right to freedom of expression is respected and protected in Equatorial Guinea;
  • Calling on the authorities to ensure a safe and enabling environment for human rights defenders and activists to work without fear of punishment, reprisal, or intimidation.

Contact these two officials by 26 March, 2018:

President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea
Mr. Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo
Palacio Presidencial
Avenida de la Libertad
Malabo, Equatorial Guinea
Salutation: His Excellency

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]
Salutation: Dear Ambassador


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