Côte d'Ivoire: Both sides responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity

Report
May 24, 2011

Côte d'Ivoire: Both sides responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity


An eyewitness also told Amnesty International how a person was burnt alive on 27 February 2011:

"The militiamen were beating up a young man. They were armed with machetes, clubs and bricks. As they hit him, they said that he was not from the neighbourhood and accused him of being a rebel. They put several tyres around his neck, he was still alive when they set fire to the tyres.

The mass violations committed by all parties in the last six months have left thousands of victims, their families and large sections of the population scarred and traumatised.
Amnesty International is urging the new authorities to urgently re-establish the rule of law and the people's trust in impartial security forces.

Without justice for all victims regardless of their political affiliation or ethnic group, any appeals for reconciliation runs the risk of foundering on an unstable and unsatisfactory compromise that could lead to more bloodshed and vengeance in the future.

"For more than a decade, Côte d’Ivoire has been subject to amnesia and amnesties and successive governments have deliberately refused to accept their responsibility to fight impunity. This cycle must end," said Gaëtan Mootoo.

"President Ouattara has committed himself to ending impunity. To avoid further revenge attacks and violence, he must fulfil this commitment."

Read more:
Côte d’Ivoire: End reprisals against real or perceived supporters of former president Laurent Gbagbo (Appeal for action, 26 May 2011)