Information Center: Human Rights, 2002

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Government of Equatorial Guinea
April 15, 2002

Transmits correspondence between the Government of Equatorial Guinea and the Special Representative on the Situation of Human Rights in Equatorial Guinea, regarding the Government's invitation to the Special Representative to visit the country pursuant to the arrest and detention of persons alleged to have plotted the assassination of the head of Government.

UN Economic and Social Council; Commission on Human Rights
February 27, 2002

The report describes the activities undertaken by the Special Representative in the past year and contains a discussion of pressing issues, a brief summary of communications to and from Governments, as well as the Special Representative’s conclusions and recommendations.

UN Economic and Social Council
July 25, 2002

At its 39th plenary meeting, on 25 July 2002, the Economic and Social Council, taking note of Commission on Human Rights resolution 2002/11 of 19 April 2002,1 endorsed the decision of the Commission to end the mandate of the Special Representative of the Commission to monitor the situation of human rights in Equatorial Guinea.

UN Comission on Human Rights
January 24, 2002

The third report issued by the Special Representative in accordance with his mandate to monitor the human rights situation as well as any technical assistance provided to the country, and to assist the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Government of Equatorial Guinea in establishing a programme of technical assistance in the field of human rights. He concludes that although there has been some implementation of prior recommendation by the Commission, further technical assistance is required and the situation should continue to be monitored closely.

UN Comission on Human Rights
April 19, 2002

Resolution 2002/11 deciding to end the mandate of the Special Representative to monitor the situation of human rights in Equatorial Guinea.

UN Comission on Human Rights
January 29, 2002

At its 39th plenary meeting, on 25 July 2002, the Economic and Social Council, taking note of Commission on Human Rights resolution 2002/11 of 19 April 2002, endorsed the decision of the Commission to end the mandate of the Special Representative of the Commission to monitor the situation of human rights in Equatorial Guinea.

Reportes without Borders
May 23, 2002

Reporters Without Borders has expressed its serious concern following a clear deterioration in press freedom and freedom of expression in Equatorial Guinea.

Reportes without Borders
June 3, 2002

Reporters Without Borders has urged President Teodoro Obiang Nguema to ensure that the independent press can cover the trial of 144 opposition figures accused of conspiracy without obstruction and with a sense of security.

Amnesty International
July 10, 2002

This report provides a detailed account of the abuse suffered by political prisoners in the prisons of Equatorial Guinea. Many of the prisoners don't receive a fair trial.

Amnesty International
September 17, 2002

Juan Asumu Sima died in the morning of Saturday 31 August 2002 in Black Beach prison, Malabo. Amnesty International does not have information on the exact cause of death, but it is believed that, although he is elderly, the injuries he sustained during torture and harsh prison conditions may have contributed to his death.Juan Asumu Sima was part of a group of 144 people arrested after 15 March 2002 and tried between 23 May and 9 June 2002. Sixty-eight detainees were found guilty of attempting to overthrow the government. Juan Asumu Sima was sentenced to six years and eight months in prison. Amongst the others sentenced were Felipe Ondó Obiang, Donato Ondó Ondó, Guillermo Nguema Elá, Mariano Ekua, Laureano Ondó Monsuy and Ovono Akubenga. According to reports, Juan Asumu Sima was severely tortured in pre-trial detention. At the time of the trial had to be assisted to the stand by his co-defendants and had to sit down during the questioning. He reportedly had scars, consistent with torture/ill-treatment, on legs and arms. Like several other defendants he repeatedly asked for medical treatment during the trial, but it was denied.

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