Black Beach

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Black Beach
Black Beach Prison - Malabo - Bioko - Equatorial Guinea 2008.jpg
Black Beach Prison, 2008
LocationBioko, Equatorial Guinea
Coordinates3°45′25″N 8°47′20″E / 3.757°N 8.789°E / 3.757; 8.789
Security classMaximum
Population80 (as of 2007)

Black Beach (Spanish: Playa Negra), located on the island of Bioko, in the capital city of Malabo in Equatorial Guinea, is one of Africa's most notorious prisons.

Feared reputation[edit]

It has a reputation for systematically neglecting and brutalising inmates. Medical treatment is usually denied to inmates and food rations are said to be meager.[1][2] (The United Nations' Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners requires minimal medical treatment for all prisoners.)

Noted individuals linked with the prison[edit]

Former governor[edit]

The President of Equatorial Guinea, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, is a former Governor of Black Beach Prison and his uncle and predecessor, Francisco Macías Nguema, was executed here after he was overthrown in a 1979 coup d'état.


Black Beach holds a number of foreign prisoners, mainly mercenaries sentenced for participating in a 2004 coup d'état attempt against the President of Equatorial Guinea, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo.[1] These included Nick du Toit and the alleged ringleader, Simon Mann[3] until their presidential pardon on the 2nd and 3rd of November 2009 respectively, on humanitarian grounds. More recently Ramón Esono Ebalé spent 6 months in Black Beach until he was released in March 2018 after a police officer admitted to falsely accusing him based on orders from his superiors.[4]

Several people have been jailed there in the over the 35 years of dictatorship. Among those imprisoned and tortured are many political leaders such as Rafael Upiñalo (Movimiento), Fabián Nsue (UP), Felipe Ondo Obiang (FDR), Martín Puye of Movement for the Self-Determination of Bioko Island (MAIB) or Plácido Micó of the Social Democratic Convergence for Social Democracy (CPDS).


  1. ^ a b Sengupta, Kim (2007-05-11). "Coup plotter faces life in Africa's most notorious jail". The Independent. London. Archived from the original on 2007-12-29. Retrieved 2007-06-22.
  2. ^ "Donato Ondó Ondó and other detainees in Black Beach prison". Amnesty International. Archived from the original on 2007-06-17. Retrieved 2007-06-22.
  3. ^ "Mann in the middle of two African dictators". The First Post. Archived from the original on June 3, 2007. Retrieved 2007-06-22.
  4. ^ "Ramón Esono Ebalé Released from Prison". CARTOONISTS RIGHTS NETWORK INTERNATIONAL. 2018-03-07. Retrieved 2018-04-07.

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