Authorities in Côte d’Ivoire are holding at least 50 people without charge, including several high-profile Ivorian politicians, following the arrest of former President Laurent Gbagbo two months ago, Amnesty International has discovered.
At least 21 Gbagbo supporters, among them the former Prime Minister and the former Minister of Foreign Affairs, are being held at the Pergola Hotel in Abidjan, the economic capital.
A number of others are being held in the north of the country, including Laurent Gbagbo, his wife Simone Gbagbo and Pascal Affi N’guessan, the president of Laurent Gbagbo’s political party, the Ivorian Popular Front (FPI).
"This is hardly a promising start to Alassane Ouattara’s presidency,” said Véronique Aubert, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for Africa.
“Detaining people without charge is in direct breach of international human rights standards. The authorities in Côte d’Ivoire must promptly charge all detainees with a recognizable criminal offence, or else release them immediately."