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Rather guarantee and protect freedom of expression in Cรดte d’Ivoire
Abidjan, December 03, 2020.

On Wednesday 02 and Thursday 03 December 2020, The

Ivorian Observatory of Human Rights-OIDH

followed, like many observers of Ivorian public life, the summons, custody, trial and criminal conviction of music artists Zouglou, YODE AND SIRO for comments they allegedly made in favor of a Musical concert on November 29 in the town of Yopougon, showing their perception of the course of justice on the violence that surrounded the October 2020 elections.

Upon analysis, and without however prejudging the ongoing legal proceedings, the OIDH considers that these are statements of social satire, free criticism and the freedom of artistic expression generally permitted to authors of works of mind on public action and city management.
The freedoms of expression, conscience and opinion are sacrosanct rights guaranteed by the Ivorian constitution for all citizens.
๐‹’Ong Oidh
๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ๐ข๐ฆ๐ž ๐ช๐ฎ๐ž ๐ฅ๐ž ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐ญ๐ž๐ฑ๐ญ๐ž ๐ฌ๐จ๐œ๐ข๐จ ๐ฉ๐จ๐ฅ๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐ช๐ฎ๐ž ๐š๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ž๐ณ ๐ญ๐ž๐ง๐๐ฎ ๐๐ž ๐œ๐ž๐ฌ ๐๐ž๐ซ๐ง๐ข๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ ๐ฆ๐จ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ž๐ญ ๐ฌ๐จ๐ง ๐œ๐จ๐ซ๐จ๐ฅ๐ฅ๐š๐ข๐ซ๐ž ๐๐ž ๐ฏ๐ข๐จ๐ฅ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ ๐๐ž๐ฌ ๐๐ซ๐จ๐ข๐ญ๐ฌ ๐๐ž ๐ฅ’๐ก๐จ๐ฆ๐ฆ๐ž ๐ง๐จ๐ง ๐ž๐ง๐œ๐จ๐ซ๐ž ๐ซ๐žฬ๐ ๐ฅ๐žฬ, ๐’๐š๐ซ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐’๐จ๐ฉ๐ฉ๐จ๐ฌ๐š๐ง๐ญ๐ฌ ๐ฉ๐จ๐ฅ๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐ช๐ฎ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ž๐ญ ๐’๐š๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐ฏ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐ž๐ฌ, ๐š๐ข๐ง๐ฌ๐ข ๐ช๐ฎ๐ž ๐ฅ๐ž๐ฌ ๐š๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ž๐ฅ๐ฌ ๐š๐ฎ ๐๐ข๐š๐ฅ๐จ๐ ๐ฎ๐ž ๐ฉ๐จ๐ฅ๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐ช๐ฎ๐ž ๐ž๐ญ ๐ฌ๐จ๐œ๐ข๐š๐ฅ, ๐š๐ฎ๐ซ๐š๐ข๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐ฉ๐ฎ ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ฆ๐ž๐ญ๐ญ๐ซ๐ž ๐๐ž ๐Ÿ๐š๐ข๐ซ๐ž ๐ฅ’๐žฬ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐จ๐ฆ๐ข๐ž ๐๐ž ๐œ๐ž๐ญ๐ญ๐ž ๐ฉ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ข๐ญ๐ž ๐ช๐ฎ๐ข ๐ง๐ž ๐Ÿ๐š๐ข๐ญ ๐ช๐ฎ๐ž ๐ซ๐ž๐ง๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐œ๐ž๐ซ ๐ฅ๐ž ๐ฌ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ข๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐’๐ž๐ฑ๐ž๐ซ๐œ๐ข๐œ๐ž ๐ฌ๐žฬ๐ฅ๐ž๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐Ÿ ๐๐ž๐ฌ ๐ฅ๐ข๐›๐ž๐ซ๐ญ๐žฬ๐ฌ ๐ฉ๐ฎ๐›๐ฅ๐ข๐ช๐ฎ๐ž๐ฌ ๐œ๐ก๐ž๐ณ ๐›๐จ๐ง ๐ง๐จ๐ฆ๐›๐ซ๐ž ๐’๐ข๐ฏ๐จ๐ข๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ง๐ฌ.
For L’oidh, since democracy is nourished by freedom, plural expression and the promotion of contradiction, the government should take all the necessary measures to benefit citizens and authors of intellectual works in particular, whatever either the tendency or the color of their opinions, guarantees necessary for the realization of freedom of expression and political and social opinion.
In this, justice, the first guarantor of rights and freedoms, has a very important role to play in order to reassure all populations and tighten the severely tested social fabric.
The General Secretariat of the OIDH

NB: the Title is from the Editorial Board.

 

 

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