For several weeks, foreigners living in Equatorial Guinea, including Senegalese, have been victims of « stalking, arrests and imprisonment ». Gained by fear, they launch a cry of distress and appeal to President Macky Sall.
« They make arrests and do not even take the time to notify us of the reasons for these acts. On the first day, they arrested people who did not have residence papers. So, people in an irregular situation. But afterwards, they don’t even look at the papers. They make raids and proceed directly to arrests, » a Senegalese based in Malabo told L’AS.
According to him, the same situation is noted in other cities including Bata. « Many of them are now in prison. And what they live there is unbearable. They are in difficult conditions and are mistreated. Here, human rights are not respected and those who are not from the country suffer enormously. They treat people like thieves or murderers. We even got the information that there was a death in Bata. It was a Burkinabe national who died in prison.
Faced with this situation, the Senegalese living in Equatorial Guinea say they do not know the reasons for it, and appeal to the Senegalese head of state. « We are African, but we suffer in our own countries. Today, it is even Africans who mistreat their African brothers. We are here to earn our bread. We work in this country, we pay all kinds of taxes here.
« We appeal to President Macky Sall and his government to help us as soon as possible, » said the Senegalese.
Last week, Malabo justified the reasons for this expulsion in a statement of which PressAfrik obtained a copy. According to the document, this decision which concerns all foreigners « without the minimum conditions justifying neither their entry nor their stay in the country », is a « sovereign competence of the State of Equatorial Guinea similar to that which also adopted by other countries in similar circumstances to defend an essential national interest ».
However, Equatorial Guinea reiterated its commitment to authorize the entry and stay of foreigners in the country, « as long as this process is carried out within the framework of the norms in force, and expressed its deep appreciation and thanks to the expatriates who live with (them) developing their professional activities in full freedom and with the guarantee of their legitimate rights… ».
The government gave as proof the granting, year after year, of Equatorial Guinean nationality to foreigners with these skills who apply for it.