Malabo, February 26, 2015
After the presentation of theAnnual Report of the organization Amnesty International 2014-2015, on Wednesday, February 25, in London (UK), the Government of Equatorial Guinea wants to alert the institutions and the media about the very serious allegations and false information that it contains in regard to our country:
1. False accusation of executions
AI’s report denounces “the execution of nine people in January 2014 in Equatorial Guinea, thirteen days before the establishment of a temporary moratorium on the death penalty.” This information is totally false, since neither in January nor in all of 2014, were any executions carried out in Equatorial Guinea. The lack of rigor of this false claim is observed in the lack of data, since AI does not cite even one of the names of the people supposedly executed, no dates, no causes, no details. We believe that AI was not properly documented for issuing such serious charges, nor do they have any other purpose than to mar the name of the Government and People of Equatorial Guinea.
The Government of Equatorial Guinea requests AI to amend that statement publicly.
2. Arrests and torture
The Government of Equatorial Guinea also denies that during 2014 there were any arrests of political opponents. Nor has there been a single case of solitary confinement, much less with the aggravators of denial of trial or medical assistance mentioned by AI. Similarly, we deny the allegations of torture that appear in the report.
Just the contrary, over the past year, the Government of Equatorial Guinea has worked closely with international organizations to improve the conditions of prisoners and prison centers, which now offer good food, television and physicians, doctor offices and other health care. It is also a fact that the representatives of theNational Human Rights Commission, the Attorney General, and the International Red Cross made regular inspection visits to prisons, police stations and other holding and/or arrest centers in the Country.
3. General Amnesty Decree and National Dialogue
Indeed, the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea issued Decree number 127/2014, dated October 21, granting general amnesty granted to all those convicted of political crimes and who were in legal proceedings for the same offenses.
With the amnesty, freedom was given to three people, two women and a man with the names of Mercedes Obono Nkoni, Emilia Andemeand Alejandro Nguema Nve, who were arrested for political reasons, prior to 2014, and not to the prisoner Cipriano Nguema Mba, who was tried and convicted years ago for diverting the salary of all the Military members of the Continental Region and attempted rebellion in the army.
Amnesty is a measure that the Government applied to promote national reconciliation, unity, solidarity and social cohesion, for a strong and broad consensus on issues of national interest and to preserve peace and political and social stability in the nation, which we all want to continue in the country.
During the year 2014, the Head of State of Equatorial Guinea also called a National Dialogue that brought together, between the days of 7 and 15 November, members of the Government with representatives of the legalized opposition, and parties of the opposition in the diaspora. This meeting was carried out with complete normalcy and was an international public demonstration of the will of the actors to settle their political differences through dialogue and consensus, praised by numerous and important groups, organizations and international personalities such as Jacob Zuma, the President of South Africa.
The success of this meeting was endorsed in the signing of the Final Minutes, with the signatures of the Legalized Political Parties in the country: PDGE, CLD, UDS, APGE, ADP, CSDP, UDENA, PCSD, PSGE, UP; by the political actors of the Diaspora (PND, CI, FRENALIGE, MONALIGE, MAIB). And also by the Independent Actors and Representatives of leaders of Parties that participated in the National Dialogue.
In the Final Report it is recorded that during the sessions of Saturday, November 8, and after rejecting the claims presented outside the Agenda adopted through its rules of procedure, the Delegation of the CPDS, accompanied by the Independent Candidature (CI), the Center Right Union (UCD), the National Congress of Equatorial Guinea (CNGE), a faction of UP, Republican Democratic Force (FDR) and the Movement for Self-Determination of the Island of Bioko (MAIB), unilaterally abandoned the National Dialogue. In the same Final Report, it was also stated that during the following working session, after reconsidering their position by seeing that the Reform of the Constitution, the formulation of the new Constituting Process, the liberation of all the prisoners (which were their principal demands) was not within the competence of the Dialogue, the delegations of the Independent Candidature (CI), the Movement for Self-Determination of the Island of Bioko (MAIB), the Center Right Union (UCD) and the National Congress of Equatorial Guinea (CNGE) returned to the Dialogue and signed the Final Report thereof.
The Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea has prohibited all forms of cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment, something that is also included in the Basic Law and in the Law number 6/2006 of our legal system.
At present, important work is being carried out to improve the knowledge and absolute application of human rights in all the areas of the forces of law and order.
The National Security Authorities have published manuals in which arrests and torture are strictly prohibited, under penalties and measures that include even the separation from the service and other punishing measures.
In May 2014, the International Community, gathered in the Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva, approved the Universal Periodic Review of Equatorial Guinea. Our country accepted 80 of the 132 Recommendations and conditioned the ratification of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court on the evolution of the times within the law that assists it as a free and sovereign Country, under the shelter of the unanimous decision adopted by the African Union in general on this point.
The Government of Equatorial Guinea wants to protest to the media and the international community for the defamation made by some organizations such as AI which, far from observing with impartiality and an objective analysis the actions that are being carried out in a country such as Equatorial Guinea, publishes on the international level a report full of false data, with no type of veracity.
We consider that an organization such as AI, given its international transcendence,must prepare its reports with seriousness, impartiality and with objective, rigorous and documented work. We express our surprise at an organization such as AI presenting these invented stories as a serious report.
In several countries of the world, from the East to the West, including some of the most consolidated democracies, the death penalty continues being applied. And those countries do not lead the lists of Amnesty International. Equatorial Guinea has promised to eliminate the death penalty and is proud to be a peaceful country, with respect for human rights and the right of all the towns and people to live in peace.
Teobaldo Nchaso Matomba
Minister of Information, Press and Radio
Minister Spokesman of the Government
Originally posted at: http://www.guineaecuatorialpress.com/noticia.php?id=6286
Image: Group photo of the National Dialogue participants, November 2014. guineaecuatorialpress.com