Equatorial Guinea must release a human rights defender detained simply for campaigning against the unlawful arrest and subsequent restriction of movement imposed on opposition leader Guillermo Nguema, Amnesty International and EG Justice said today.
Luis Nzo was arrested yesterday 19 March 2015 in the capital Malabo while he was peacefully distributing leaflets and using a megaphone to denounce the arrest of opposition leader Guillermo Nguema, and his arbitrary transfer to Mongomo, hundreds of miles away from the capital. Nguema was threatened not to leave Mongomo and is facing severe unlawful restrictions of movement.
“The arrest of Luis Nzo and the restriction on freedom of movement of Guillermo Nguema underscore Equatorial Guinea’s current disrespect for human rights,” said Marta Colomer Aguilera, Amnesty International West Africa Campaigner.
“Luis Nzo must be immediately and unconditionally released, and all restrictions of movement lifted from Guillermo Nguema. There is no legitimate reason to justify this – it is simply a crackdown on dissent.”