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Further information on UA 191/94 (AFR 31/01/94, 18 May) - Cote d'Ivoire: legal concern / fear of ill-treatment: Guirao Ble, deputy secretary general of the Federation estudiantine et scolaire de Cote d'Ivoire (FESCI) and at least 15 other FESCI members in

, N° d'index: AFR 31/002/1994

Twenty-five student members of FESCI, including those named above, were released on 31 May 1994 after making what appeared to be a forced public apology on television. They were held incommunicado for two weeks, far in excess of the legal maximum of 96 hours. At least five other students arrested with Eugene Gonthy remain in detention without trial.

EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: AFR 31/02/94
Distr: UA/SC
3 June 1994
Further information on UA 191/94 (AFR 31/01/94, 18 May 1994) - Legal concern
/ Fear of ill-treatment
COTE D'IVOIRE : Guirao Blé, deputy secretary general of the Fédération
estudiantine et scolaire de Côte d'Ivoire (FESCI),
Ivoirian Federation of Student and School Pupils
and at least 15 other FESCI members including
Rosalie Kouamé
Danthe Apolos
Naminata Ouatara
Meite Nalansana
Orabera Tate
Twenty-five students members of FESCI, including all those listed above, were
released on 31 May 1994 after they had made what appeared to be a forced public
apology on television. The students acknowledged that they were mistaken and
promised to resume their classes at university.
After their arrest on 15 May, the students were held incommunicado for two
weeks, far beyond the maximum 96 hours allowed under Ivoirian law. The Ivory
Coast Security Minister Gaston Oueassenan-Kone said on 26 May that the students
were held incommunicado at a police barracks and that he could not allow visits
for security reasons.
The students were on strike to call for the release of another FESCI activist,
Eugène Gonthy, who was sentenced to one year's imprisonment on 29 March 1994
in Bouaké (290 km north of Abidjan). In an appeal trial on 20 May, Eugène
Gonthy received a two years' sentence despite the fact that the prosecution
were apparently unable to provide any evidence to demonstrate his personal
involvement in any acts of violence. Amnesty International believes that he
may be a prisoner of conscience, convicted solely because of his FESCI
activities. At least five other students arrested with Eugène Gonthy remain
in detention without trial. Amnesty International will continue to raise these
cases with the authorities, but no further action is required by the Urgent
Action Network.
Please send no further appeals. Thank you to all those who appealed on behalf
of the students.

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