Amnesty criticizes Ivory Coast for biased justice

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Associated Press

Posted on February 26, 2013 at 6:32 AM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 26 at 7:00 AM

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — Amnesty International has accused Ivory Coast's government of subjecting supporters of former President Laurent Gbagbo to torture, ill-treatment and biased legal proceedings.

In a report released Tuesday Amnesty condemns the security forces' response to a wave of attacks on military installations that began last August. It says Gbagbo loyalists detained in the ensuing crackdown have been beaten and given electric shocks.

Gbagbo's refusal to leave office after losing the November 2010 election to current President Alassane Ouattara sparked five months of violence which killed more than 3,000 people.

Amnesty criticizes the Ouattara government for only arresting Gbagbo supporters for the postelection violence. It also warns of rampant insecurity in western Ivory Coast.

Ivorian officials have vowed to bring to justice all perpetrators of abuses during and after the conflict.

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