Condemnation of the Execution of Abducted Refugees
Condemnation of the Execution of Abducted RefugeesAugust 23, 2010
EG Justice vehemently condemns the executions of Jose Abeso Nsue, Manuel Ndong Anseme, Alipio Ndong Asumu, and Jacinto Michá Obiang, carried out by the Equatoguinean government on August 21, 2010.
(Washington, DC, August 23, 2010)—EG Justice vehemently condemns the executions of Jose Abeso Nsue, Manuel Ndong Anseme, Alipio Ndong Asumu, and Jacinto Michá Obiang, carried out by the Equatoguinean government on August 21, 2010.
These four Equatoguinean refugees were abducted in Benin, in January 2010, and secretly kept in prison in Equatorial Guinea, where they were regularly tortured. A military court convicted and sentenced all four men of attempting to assassinate the Equatoguinean president, and they were almost immediately executed with no opportunity to appeal their conviction or sentence.
This unfortunate incident underscores the urgent need for the international community - particularly the United States - to take a strong stance toward the government of Equatorial Guinea and demand clear and permanent steps toward comprehensive respect for human rights and rule of law reforms in the country.
EG Justice demands that the Equatoguinean government comply with all the recommendations it adopted at its Universal Periodic Review by the UN Human Rights Council, and cease all abductions of Equatoguinean refugees, incommunicado detentions, torture, and executions of political prisoners.