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Parliamentary questions
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4 April 2019
Question for written answer E-001669-19
to the Commission (Vice-President/High Representative)
Rule 130
Francisco Assis (S&D)

 Subject:  VP/HR — Arbitrary detention of the human rights defender Alfredo Okenve Ndoho, in Equatorial Guinea
 Answer in writing 

Alfredo Okenve Ndoho, the Vice-President of the Centre for Development Studies and Initiatives (CEID), an NGO striving for transparency and accountability in the mining industry in Equatorial Guinea, was arrested on 15 March by security agents who seized his mobile phone and ID card and placed him under house arrest. This is the culmination of a succession threats and attacks against him since 2016, including a beating in 2018 that necessitated medical treatment in Spain.

The intimidation and harassment suffered by human rights defenders in Equatorial Guinea have reached very worrying levels. How does the EU intend to put pressure on this country to respect the human rights enshrined in the international conventions which it has signed and, in particular, to guarantee Mr Okenve Ndoho’s physical and psychological well-being and his right to an independent trial?

Original language of question: PT 
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