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Free jailed Ivory Coast union leader Basile Mahan Gahé
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Basile Mahan Gahé, general secretary of the Ivory Coast national trade union center Dignité (whose food and hotel section is affiliated to the IUF), remains imprisoned in the remote town of Boundiali - some 700 kilometers from the capital Abidjan - together with common criminals. Following an ILO mission in June 2011, absurd charges were announced - sedition, insurrectionary activity etc. - and he was transferred from Abidjan to his cell in Boundiali. He has not been brought to trial, he is isolated off from his family, colleagues, lawyers and international visitors and the government has failed to respond to international calls for his freedom. The United Nations' ILO has now formally added its voice to the international protests calling for his release.
Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara has repeatedly called for national reconciliation - yet a national trade union leader is being illegally held under bogus charges. Amnesty International considers him a prisoner at risk of torture, and there are good grounds to fear for his safety.
Act now! - use the form below to send a message to President Ouattara (with copies to Ivory Coast embassies in France, Belgium and around the world as well as embassies in Abidjan) calling for the immediate and unconditional release of Basile Mahan Gahé.