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Ivory Coast abuse threatens elections

Unchecked civilian abuse by Ivory Coast military and rebels — ranging from robbery to killings — threatens to derail elections planned for later this year, an international monitoring group said Thursday. Human Rights Watch said police in Ivory Coast’s government-held south have routinely extorted money from civilians at security checkpoints, at times beating or even killing citizens without facing prosecution. Meanwhile, rebels in the north forced bribes from those in their area, often arbitrarily arresting people and imposing jail sentences without any court or executive oversight, the New York-based group said. Full Story

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