Portugal asked Equatorial Guinea for “clarifications” about the repatriation process for illegal aliens
“The Embassy of Portugal in Equatorial Guinea institutionally requested clarification on the matter from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of that country”, requested to Lusa, an official source of the Portuguese Government.
“So far, there has been no detention of any Portuguese citizen within the scope of the process” of repatriation of foreign citizens in an illegal situation in Equatorial Guinea, added the source from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MNE).
Jurists from Equatorial Guinea denounced in an open letter that Lusa had access this Monday the occurrence “several days ago” of “data against foreigners across the country” and called for “restraint by the authorities that lead these initiatives”.
“For several days now, they have been launched throughout the country against resident foreigners. The reason for these raids is unknown, because there is no distinction between those who are observed in a regular situation and those who are not”, denounced the Ecuadorian Commission of Jurists in a letter entitled: “Concern and Condemnation of Raises Against Foreigners in the Country”.
“The images circulating on social media and the alleged death of a Burkina Faso national in the course of these raids are alarming and highly worrying”, the jurists continue.
The commission called for “restraint by the authorities leading these initiatives, because the human rights of foreign nationals are not excluded from protection because of their nationality” and professional that “the actions of the authorities are not in compliance” with the legislation of the country that regulates the rights of foreigners and “protected” them so that they “are not victims of this type of arbitrariness”.
Asked whether the situation involved any Portuguese citizens residing in Equatorial Guinea, the MNE clarified that “the Embassy of Portugal in Malabo has been in contact with the approximately 30 Portuguese citizens residing in that country and circulated among them a general precautionary recommendation, which advises on a set of practical procedures for document security, also remembering the Embassy’s security telephone contact (+240 222 085 676) for cases of need, even unverified data”.
The Government of Equatorial Guinea informed “a national and international public opinion” last Friday that the country “proceed to return to their countries of origin foreign nationals preferred in its territory without the specified requirements that so justify their entry regarding his stay in the country, “taking into account” the media propaganda provoked by this decision “, according to a statement released by the Ecuadorian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation.
Malabo, according to the same statement, “proved” the presence in the country of “an excessive number of expatriates” in conditions of “irregular manifestation or without professional activity on their own or another” to justify their presence in Equatorial Guinea. understood as “proper to adopt measures to correct this state of affairs”.
The government added that the measures it has taken “are not even discriminatory or arbitrary, but unleash to guarantee peaceful coexistence among all.”
The communiqué in question did not make any reference to the death of the citizen of Burkina Faso, disclosed on social media, and which the Committee of Jurists highlighted in the open letter.