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7.2.19: Date correction

Soro Tangboho was transferred on 16 November (and NOT on 10 !) to the Abidjan Correctional Facility and Penitentiary (MACA).

The Modelletter has been corrected.

Detained online activist alleges torture in prison

AI-Index: AFR 31/9772/2019

Soro Tangboho alias Carton noir, an outspoken online activist, was arbitrarily arrested on 8 November 2018 in the town of Korhogo (the north of the country). He was detained and subjected to torture and other ill-treatment for while live streaming a video on Facebook showing police officers who were, according to him, extorting money from motorists. He has been accused of disrupting public order. Soro Tangboho is currently hospitalized at the MACA prison clinic.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Outspoken online activist Soro Tangboho alias Carton Noir was arbitrarily arrested while he was streaming live on Facebook police officers who were, according to him, extorting money from motorists. He was beaten during the arrest.

Since his detention, Soro Tangboho has been in poor health.

This case is part of the wave of repression targeting activists for several months now in Côte d’Ivoire.

In the lead up to the 2020 presidential election, violations of the right to freedom of expression risk not only weakening social peace, but also hindering the right to accessing and disseminating information in a tense political climate.

 

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  • Write an appeal in your own words or use the model letter below.
  • Please take action before 19 March 2019.
  • Preferred language: French. You can also write in your own language.

 

Model letter

Dear Minister Sansan Kambilé,

I am concerned about the arrest of online activist Soro Tangboho alias Carton Noir in Cote d’Ivoire. Soro Tangboho was arbitrarily arrested in the town of Korhogo (north of the country) on 8 November 2018 for while live streaming a video on Facebook of police officers who were, according to him, extorting money from motorists. While in detention at Korhogo police station, he was subjected to torture and other ill-treatment. After spending two nights at the police station, he was transferred to the Directorate for Territorial Surveillance (DST) where he spent his first night of detention with his hands cuffed behind his back.

He was then transferred on 16 November to the Abidjan Correctional Facility and Penitentiary (MACA) and is accused of disrupting public order.

Soro Tangboho has been hospitalized at the MACA prison clinic since 22 January. However, the clinic at the prison is not well equipped.

I urge you to ensure that:
- Charges against Soro Tangboho alias Carton Noir are dropped and that he is immediately and unconditionally released;
- A prompt, thorough, effective and independent investigation into the allegations of Soro Tangboho’s torture in detention is undertaken and that anyone suspected to be responsible is brought to justice in trials that meet international standards of fairness;
- The right to freedom of expression is fully respected, protected, promoted and fulfilled.

Yours sincerely,

Appeals to

M. Sansan Kambilé
Minister of Justice and Human Rights
Imm. Symphonie - Rue du commerce (ex- CNA), Abidjan, plateau.
01 BP 2020 Abidjan 01
Cote d’Ivoire

Fax: +225) 20 32 08 81,

Salutation: Dear Minister Sansan Kambilé,


 

 

 

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Thormannstrasse 51
3005 Berne

Fax: 031 350 80 81
E-mail: acibe-sp2@bluewin.ch

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