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Donna Cline August 8, 2013
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Arbitrary Detentions Continue in EG: The Indefinite Detention of Clara Nsegue Eyí Highlights the Continued Lack of Respect of the Equatoguinean Government for the Rule of Law and Human Rights.

EG Justice wishes to raise concerns about the unlawful detention of political activist Clara Nsegue Eyí for more than a month in Equatorial Guinea. Ms. Nsegue Eyí, a teacher, is the founder of the Democratic Party for Social Justice political party and a coordinator for the People’s Protest Movement. She was first arrested in May 2013 – without a warrant – for coordinating a peaceful demonstration in Malabo ahead of the May 26, 2013 legislative elections. She is currently being held in the Gerndarmerie in Mongomo. Ms. Nsege Eyi has not yet been charged with a crime or brought to trial.

Amnesty International and activists from Equatorial Guinea have raised serious concerns about Ms. Nsegue Eyí’s health. She has a tumor that requires treatment, and witnesses have reported she looks “unwell” and has lost a lot of weight.

Ms. Nsegue Eyí’s arbitrary arrest and ongoing detention violates her right to due process under Equatoguinean laws and the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights. There are no legal bases for Ms. Nsegue Eyi’s arrest, which was carried out without a warrant. The law in Equatorial Guinea requires that charges must be filed against an individual within 72 hours of his or her arrest. Ms. Nsegue Eyí has been held for over a month and has yet to be charged with a crime.

As a State Party to the African Charter, Equatorial Guinea has agreed to uphold these rights and protect Equatoguineans from abuse by official authorities. However, despite this obligation, arbitrary arrest and detention is common in Equatorial Guinea; specifically, it is often used to harass political opponents or individuals perceived to be “disloyal” to President Obiang or his family members. In the lead-up to the May 2013 legislative elections, there were numerous reports of politically-motivated arrests and detentions.

The arbitrary arrest and indefinite detention of Ms. Nsegue Eyí is part of a disturbing pattern in Equatorial Guinea. EG Justice calls for the immediately release of Ms. Nsegue Eyí.

More information about Ms. Nsegue Eyí can be found here:

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