08/16/2019

Urgent Action Update: Human Rights Defender Needs Urgent Medical Care (Equatorial Guinea: UA 15.19)


Human rights defender Joaquín Elo Ayeto is in urgent need of medical assistance while in detention at Black Beach Prison. According to our sources, for the last couple of weeks, he has been experiencing severe diarrhea and high fever. On 5 August, Joaquín’s lawyer wrote to the judge asking for his client’s immediate transfer to a hospital. There has been no response. He has been detained since 25 February and has had no access to his family or lawyers for several weeks.

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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). He was arrested on 25 February at his house in Malabo and accused of having information on a plot to kill the president. He is detained at Black Beach prison.

According to reliable reports received by Amnesty International, Joaquín Elo Ayeto is seriously ill and needs urgent access to health care. For the last couple of weeks, he has been experiencing severe diarrhea and a high fever, which could be symptoms of serious illnesses like malaria.

Joaquín’s lawyers wrote to the Investigating Magistrate Number 2 from Malabo, Mr. Oscr Bechekú Eñeso, on 5 August asking for the immediate transfer of Joaquín to a hospital. So far, there has been no response to this appeal and Joaquín’s health continues to deteriorate.

Joaquín has not been allowed access to his family and lawyers for several weeks.

I am extremely concerned for Joaquín’s life and health. I urge you, as Minister of Justice, to ensure that Joaquín has immediate access to the health care he needs, including transfer to a hospital if needed.  In addition, Joaquín should be immediately and unconditionally released because he has been arbitrarily detained. The circumstances of his arrest and the fact that the charges against him are constantly changing seems to indicate that he is detained solely for the peaceful exercise of his human rights. Pending Joaquín Elo Ayeto’s transfer and release, I urge you to make sure that all measures are taken to guarantee that he is not subjected again to any ill-treatment and that he is granted access to his family and lawyers.

Yours sincerely,

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