Black Beach

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Black Beach
Black Beach Prison - Malabo - Bioko - Equatorial Guinea 2008.jpg
Black Beach Prison, 2008
Location Bioko, Equatorial Guinea
Coordinates 3°45′25″N 8°47′20″E / 3.757°N 8.789°E / 3.757; 8.789
Security class Maximum
Population 80 (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 meagre.[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 sentenced for participating in a 2004 coup d'état attempt against the President of Equatorial Guinea, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo.[1] These included Simon Mann, the alleged ringleader,[3] until his presidential pardon on 2 November 2009 on humanitarian grounds, and more recently Ramón Esono Ebalé (released in March 2018).[4]


  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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