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23 May 2002


for Question Time at the part-session in July 2002

pursuant to Rule 43 of the Rules of Procedure

by Raimon Obiols i Germà

to the Council

  Subject: Arrest of opposition leaders in Equatorial Guinea

 Answer in plenary 

The Secretary-General of the party Convergence for Social Democracy (CPDS) in Equatorial Guinea, Plácido Micó Abogo, has been under house arrest since he was arrested on 9 May 2002 on the grounds that an alleged 'meeting' at his house, at which plans for a coup against President Obiang are claimed to have been discussed, had included the participation of Emilio Ndong Biyogo and Felipe Ondo Obiang.


The CPDS was legalised in February 1993 in the wake of pressure from the international community: the regime had put up considerable resistance to the legalisation of this and other political organisations, and had denigrated the CPDS as being incompatible with the 'experiment in democracy' which was then being officially promoted by the government of Equatorial Guinea.


What information can the Council Presidency supply on the arrests in Equatorial Guinea of opposition politicians belonging to democratic parties such as the CPDS?


What is the Presidency's view on the democratisation process in Equatorial Guinea?


What action has the Council taken with a view to ensuring respect for the fundamental rights of the individual and for the political rights of the democratic political organisations in Equatorial Guinea?



Tabled: 23.05.2002


Original language of question: ES 
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