Report documents human rights abuses by traditional hunters in Côte d'Ivoire

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Passers-by on a motorcycle wave to 'dozos' posted along the road between Man and Duékoué in western Côte d'Ivoire. Photo: IRIN/Nancy Palus

A United Nations report released on Friday is calling for investigations into serious human rights abuses committed by traditional hunters in Côte d'Ivoire.

The joint report by the UN operation in the country (UNOCI) and the UN human rights office documents abuses committed by the hunters, known as Dozos, between March 2009 and May 2013.

Investigations show that while undertaking security activities during this period, Dozos killed nearly 230 people and injured 164 others with bullets, machetes and knives.

Another 162 people were arbitrarily arrested and illegally detained while nearly 280 cases of looting, arson and extortion committed by the Dozos have been verified and confirmed.

Rupert Colville is spokesperson for the UN Human Rights office in Geneva.

"Dozos involved in human rights violations must be held accountable. The authorities have the duty to carry out serious investigations into the human rights violations committed by them in Côte d'Ivoire, bringing the perpetrators to justice, and provide appropriate redress to the victims. The state authorities in Côte d'Ivoire have the duty to deploy appropriate security forces throughout the country to prevent the population from using Dozos on security issues."

Colville added that impunity granted to Dozos was unacceptable and must be stopped.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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