Ivory Coast Illegal Arrests

November 19, 2012 - 7:33 AM
FILE- In this Monday, Aug 6, 2012 file photo, Ivory Coast troops patrol around the Cocody area in the city of Abidjan, Ivory Coast. The victims were rounded up at their homes, at work or while out having drinks with friends. Taken without explanation to military camps overflowing with prisoners, they were deprived of food and beaten routinely with belts, clubs and guns. Many were released only after their families paid substantial sums of money. A report issued Monday, Nov. 19, 2012, by New York-based Human Rights Watch accuses Ivory Coast's military of undertaking a swift, brutal and illegal campaign of arbitrary arrest and detention in response to some of the most significant violence since last year's election crisis. (AP Photo/Emanuel Ekra, File)