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Minister of Justice and Human Rights
Imm. Symphonie – Rue du commerce face galeries Peyrissac (ex- CNA), Abidjan, plateau
01 BP 2020 Abidjan 01 Côte d’Ivoire
Fax: +225 20 32 08 81
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.