Coordinadora de Organizaciones de la Sociedad Civil de Guinea Ecuatorial (OSC-GE)

National NGOs demand the release of Enrique ASUMU and Alfredo OKENVE




Considering the plurality established by the constitution of Equatorial Guinea, which reflects and recognises in its article 13.3 the right of association, as well as the prevailing laws of associations and Non-Governmental Organisations, more than 25 civil society organisations (CSOs) legalised and recognised by the government, were grouped constituting themselves as an associative platform in order to contribute to the implementation of the country's development programs, to better coordinate their actions with the public administration, as well as to promote respect for the Law, Human Rights and fundamental liberties.

Considering that the role of CSOs’ is to accompany the government’s Development, Transparency and good Governance programs; as it is seen and is proven through the participation of CSOs in the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative process in Equatorial Guinea (EITI-E.G.).

Considering that the CSOs’ platform faces many difficulties and obstacles that have a negative impact on the need for an enabling environment which guarantees the independence, autonomy and functioning of CSOs in the EITI-EG process.

Considering the environment of harassment and persecution against Civil Society institutions and their social activists, such as the recent arrests of members of the NGO CEID, seriously undermine the credibility of the EITI-EG process, and also challenges the efforts of many patriotic activists committed to the declaration of the Head of State in Washington DC on August 8 2014, on the COMMITMENT to implement the EITI-EG in the Republic of Equatorial Guinea.

FIRST, we express our full solidarity with the social activists arrested on April 17 2017, and we request the support of any person or organisation committed to the values of human rights and fundamental liberties.

SECOND, we express our deep concern for the health of one of the detainees (Enrique ASUMU, President of CEID), as well as for a threat of new arrest of other members of that same NGO or other CSOs.

THIRD, after exceeding the 72 hours detention without charges established by the Law, and until now without any known accusation, nor a recorded registry on the detainees from the prison where they are held; we demand the immediate and unconditional release of Enrique ASUMU and Alfredo OKENVE of CEID, as well as the end of all persecution and harassment against members of CSOs, whose commitment and dedication is to contribute to the development of the population, through devoting their own lives and resources to the cause.

Malabo on 20 April 2017

Rev. Agustín-Moisés Enguru Alene (Chair of the Platform)
Federation of Evangelical and Pentecostal Churches of Eq. Guinea (FIEPGE)
Telf: +240 222 229133



CEID_GE Participa en Sudáfrica en un seminario sobre protección de defensores de DD.HH y de la tierra

El Vicepresidente 2º de CEID_GE, Encargado de Cooperación Internacional, Finanzas y Programas de Buena Gobernanza, Alfredo Okenve, ha asistido del 7 al 9 de agosto en Johannesburgo (Sudáfrica) al Seminario-Taller de Capacitación en Protección de Defensores Ambientales y del Derecho a la Tierra, organizado conjuntamente por CIVICUS y la coalición PWYP (Publica Lo que Pagas). A la misma han asistido activistas defensores de derechos humanos, ambientales y de la Tierra de África, América y Asia.


HRW, APDHE, EGJustice and CEID address the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs

Transcript of the letter to the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini. 

"Dear Commissioner Mogherini,

It is with utmost concern that we are contacting you regarding Celestino Okenve, a Spanish citizen whom we believe is under serious, and potentially life-threating danger in Equatorial Guinea.

Mr. Okenve leads Union Popular, a political party in Equatorial Guinea, and has been a staunch critic of corruption, human rights violations and lack of democracy under the government of President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo. He is now in Equatorial Guinea and although he has dual- Equatorial Guinea citizenship, he is there on his Spanish passport and a temporary visa.

His brother, Alfredo Okenve, was brutally beaten by four armed men who appeared to be state security forces in his hometown, Bata, Equatorial Guinea on October 27, 2018. This act was widely denounced by major international NGOs, such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.

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CEID agradece el apoyo y exige una vez más a las autoridades y a jueces que investiguen

Desde el brutal ataque al vicepresidente de CEID, Alfredo Okenve, en la tarde del 27 de octubre, diversas organizaciones, partidos, instituciones, embajadas, personalidades y ciudadanos de todos los rincones del mundo y de Guinea Ecuatorial han mostrado un apoyo sin precedentes a Alfredo y a CEID.

A nivel internacional han sido las organizaciones líderes en la defensa de los derechos humanos como son Amnistía Internacional y Human rights Watch que junto con CIVICUS, EG Justice y APDHE han mostrado su apoyo y firme condena apelando al Relator especial sobre la situación de los defensores de los derechos humanos de las Naciones Unidas, Michel Frost, a investigar estos hechos. 


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