More mass graves found in Côte d’Ivoire

Human rights investigators in Côte d'Ivoire have unearthed about 70 bodies buried in mass graves near Cote d'Ivoire's commercial city of Abidjan.

Peacekeepers in Côte d'Ivoire

Peacekeepers in Côte d'Ivoire

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights says 10 graves were unearthed in Yopougon district on Friday last week.

Two of the graves contained at least 52 bodies.

Rupert Colville from the UN Human Rights office says initial investigations indicate that the killings took place a day after the capture and surrender of the former president Laurent Ggagbo.

“It appears they were killed by pro Gbagbo militia the day after his capture on the 12th of April. At the moment all we know is that all the victims were predominantly male. When you have a tragedy of this scale you have to do a lot of interviewing. They are interviewing victim’s families. From what they can gather from local people these were local killings, I don’t think they were people brought in.”

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay is on record warning that some of the atrocities committed during Côte d’Ivoire’s the post election standoff may amount to war crimes.

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