Armed militia groups violating human rights in Côte d’Ivoire

Ivory coast

Human rights violations are still taking place in Cote d'Ivoire despite the end of the political crisis and violence ignited by December 2010 disputed presidential elections.   

This is part of the conclusion made by the International Commission of Inquiry on Côte d’Ivoire in its report to the UN Human Rights Council. The Commission notes that since March this year, supporters and militia groups allied to President Alassane Ouatarra were committing acts of reprisal against those deemed to be in the opposition.

Chairman of the Commission Vitit Muntabhorn said the worst forms of human rights violations were taking place in the commercial capital Abidjan and in the west of the country. 

 "From the information we have obtained and our findings in the field we note that some of the crimes committed during the post electoral crisis are particularly serious and might well constitute crimes against humanity.  It is urgent for the government of Côte d'Ivoire to tackle the re-establishment of security. The continued presence of young armed people in Abidjan and in other towns people who claim that they belong to republican forces helps to feed the feeling of insecurity on the part of the population and it is essential and urgent for measures to be taken to disarm them, to dismantle militia and to establish a professional army which respects human rights." 

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