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US Condemns Political Murders in Ivory Coast

The United States Monday condemned political murders and disappearances in Ivory Coast, including the killing earlier this month of Yerefe Camara, a well-known actor and opposition activist. The State Department is calling on authorities in Abidjan to take immediate steps to end such activity. In a strongly worded statement volunteered to reporters, State Department spokesman Philip Reeker said the United States “condemns in the strongest terms” recent murders and disappearances in Ivory Coast, including the case of Mr. Camara who was found dead in Abidjan February 2. According to Mr. Camara’s family, he had been taken into custody by government security forces seven hours before his body was discovered. Spokesman Reeker said the case of Mr. Camara, and a recent U.N. report indicating that government-connected death squads may be operating in Ivory Coast, “are taken very seriously” by the United States. He called for an immediate end to extra-judicial killings and disappearances and urged authorities in Ivory Coast to take urgent steps to investigate such crimes and bring the perpetrators to justice. Full Story

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