Human rights experts to investigate 'mass grave' in Côte d’Ivoire

A UN human rights team is investigating the reported killing of at least 40 people in Côte d'Ivoire's commercial capital, Abidjan. A spokesman said the team was to visit an alleged mass grave in Yopougon district.

Ivorian child refugee

Ivorian child refugee

Meanwhile, the independent international commission of inquiry set up by the UN Human Rights Council to investigate the alleged abuses and rights violations following the 2010 presidential elections, has also arrived in the country.

Rupert Colville is from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):

“Our staff in Côte d’Ivoire, are investigating reports of human rights’ violations in the Yopougon district of Abidjan, committed allegedly by both the FRCI (Ivory Coast Republican Forces) and the pro-Gbagbo militiamen who’ve been holding out in that district – and they’re particularly looking at an attack on a Baptist church, by – allegedly by FRCI forces earlier in the week.”

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