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[Press release] The decision of the UN Human Rights Council to dispatch an international commission of inquiry to Côte d’Ivoire is a hopeful beginning

March 2011

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March 25, 2011

FIACAT is gravely concerned by the persistent daily violence in Côte d’Ivoire, which has been regularly confirmed by ACAT Côte d’Ivoire. FIACAT therefore welcomes the creation of an independent commission of inquiry to shed light on these grave violations of human rights.

Following up on last December’s special session devoted to the situation in Côte d’Ivoire, the Human Rights Council denounced a humanitarian crisis in Côte d’Ivoire.
Today, it adopted by consensus a draft resolution sponsored by Nigeria on behalf of the African Group. This draft resolution asks for the dispatch of an international commission of inquiry to investigate the human rights violations that followed the presidential elections of 2010.

“The announcement of the creation of a UN commission of inquiry to investigate the serious human rights violations in Côte d’Ivoire is a step in the right direction,” declared Marie-Jo Cocher, Executive Secretary of FIACAT, “but this commission must above all be given the means necessary to stop the perpetrators of these crimes and allow for just and equitable trials in independent courts.”
Facing the risk of a resurgence of civil war, FIACAT encourages the UN Human Rights Council to implement this commission without delay.

More than 400 people have been killed since the beginning of the crisis. Abductions, arbitrary detentions, rapes, and attacks against civilians continue to be reported. Nearly 90,000 people have fled their homes in search of refuge in neighboring countries. Thousands of young people will have been enlisted into the army.
FIACAT, with each ACAT of the 29 countries in its network, is mobilizing to support ACAT Côte d’Ivoire and the suffering Ivorian people. Notably, they have made contact with each government of these 29 countries to do all they can to ensure the security of the Ivorian people, increase emergency humanitarian aid, and help arrive at a peaceful end to the conflict.

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