Côte d'Ivoire urged to boost democracy through human rights and impartial justice

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Doudou Diène,

 Côte d'Ivoire is being urged give the highest priority to boosting the democratic process, promoting human rights and consolidating the economic and social reconstruction process. The call comes from the United Nations Independent Expert on the human rights situation in Côte d'Ivoire Doudou Diène,

In his latest report to the Human Rights Council, Mr. Diène also called on the international community to maintain and strengthen its support to Côte d'Ivoire in order to sustain the democratic process and the current process of economic and social reconstruction, and to further pluralism and national reconciliation, which progress he said is being threatened by political polarization.

He warned that "The urgency of the need for political reconciliation and for democratic, economic and social reconstruction is made stronger by the crisis in Mali, the political, military, religious and economic implications of which could destabilize all countries in the region profoundly and in the long term". And he said that "A multicultural, democratic, egalitarian society that respects human rights is the best defence against this new peril that is fuelled by violence, intolerance and discrimination".

Mr. Diène reaffirmed the urgent need to expedite the process of disarmament, demobilization and reintegration and of security sector reform.

He stressed that "The authors of human rights violations must be prosecuted regardless of their political, tribal, regional or religious affiliation, "in order for the judicial process to be useful to Ivorian society as a whole, to make a real contribution to national reconciliation and to drive forward a new dynamic that is more respectful of human life and dignity."

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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