U.N. Reports Illegal Ivorian Executions


ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, Aug. 11 (UPI) — There were more than two dozen cases of summary executions in Ivory Coast during the last 30 days, the U.N. mission to the West African nation said.

Ivory Coast is struggling to recover for a political crisis that pushed the country to the brink of war. Thousands of people were killed in the conflict that followed November elections and the International Criminal Court was asked by Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara to investigate the violence.

The U.N. mission in Ivory Coast, known by its French acronym UNOCI, said 26 cases of extrajudicial executions were carried out within the last month.

Guillaume Ngefa, the human rights representative for UNOCI, was quoted by the BBC as saying apart from summary and arbitrary executions, there were “85 cases of arbitrary arrest and illegal detention.”

Most of the perpetrators, he said, were members of the Republican Forces of Ivory Coast, which along with French peacekeepers, helped Ouattara take control over the country from Laurent Gbagbo, who refused to step down in November.

Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International in separate reports said both parties to the conflict in Ivory Coast likely committed atrocities during the post-election crisis.

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