500 killed in western Côte d’Ivoire
At least 530 people have been killed in western Côte d'Ivoire since the end of March, according to the United Nations.
The killings took place in the towns of Duékoué, Guiglo, Blolequin and Bangolo.
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights says investigations are on going and the final toll could be higher.
The High commissioner is calling on all parties in Côte d’Ivoire to avoid reprisals and work towards national reconciliation.
Ravina Shamdasani is from the UN Office for Human Rights.
“We note President Ouattara’s pledge last night that Laurent Gbagbo would be treated fairly and in accordance with the law. We stress the essential need for open and transparent investigations leading to a fair trial and accountability for all the perpetrators of violence on both sides of the political divide. How Laurent Gbagbo is treated in custody, if he is treated in accordance with international standards, with humanity with respect and the investigations and trials are taken forth in accordance with the law, we believe that will send a very strong signal to the direction the country is going.”
The High Commissioner has also expressed concern over the arrest and detention of a number of soldiers loyal to former president Laurent Gbagbo.
The soldiers were arrested in Abidjan on Monday but their whereabouts and how they are being treated remains unclear.