Human rights violations escalate in Côte d’Ivoire

Human rights violations are escalating in Côte d'Ivoire and civil war remains a risk according to the United Nations.

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The incumbent president, Laurent Gbagbo, refuses to step down after losing the presidential run-off election to Alassane Outtara last year. Charles Appel reports.

According to investigations conducted by UN human rights officers in Côte d’Ivoire, at least 392 people have been killed since mid-December, including at least 27 in just the past week.

Last week, seven women were killed by security forces supporting Laurent Gbagbo at a peaceful demonstration in the Abobo district of Abidjan, the country’s commercial hub.

United Nations Human Rights Commissioner, Navi Pillay, said the video footage of the slayings was shocking and could be used to prosecute the individuals responsible.

Human rights abuses, including rapes, abductions and killings, she added, are being committed by people supporting both sides, in Côte d’Ivoire.

Charles Appel, United Nations.

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