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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.

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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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