Cote d’Ivoire


Human Rights in Cote d'Ivoire

Human Rights Concerns

Tensions have been rising in Cote D'Ivoire since the disputed November 28th, 2010, presidential election. Amnesty International has received a growing number of reports of violence against protesters and perceived political opponents, extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, and mass burial sites. People are living in fear of being shot, arrested or abducted by the security forces or militias close to Laurent Gbagbo.

Eyewitnesses have reported people being arrested or abducted at home or on the streets, often by unidentified armed attackers accompanied by security forces or militiamen. The bodies of some have been found either in morgues or on the streets. The whereabouts of many others remain unknown. On the night of January 4th, 2011, security forces loyal to Gbagbo raided the Abdijan headquarters of political allies of Ouattara, killing one, wounding sixteen, and arbitrarily arresting dozens. Amnesty calls for security forces to immediately end attacks on political opponents and to unconditionally release these detainees.

Amnesty urges an independent investigation into reported human rights abuses and full accountability for those parties responsible, believing that full accountability and reinstatement of rule of law is requisite for a lasting peaceful solution. Amnesty International urges the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to reiterate that no Ivorian politician should incite the commission of human rights violations or abuses and warns that perpetrators of such abuses could be held to account by the International Criminal Court. As ECOWAS and the international community continue negotiations with Gbagbo, human rights concerns must remain at the heart of the matter. a

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February 18, 2016 • Report

Amnesty International State of the World 2015-2016

International protection of human rights is in danger of unravelling as short-term national self-interest and draconian security crackdowns have led to a wholesale assault on basic freedoms and rights, warned Amnesty International as it launched its annual assessment of human rights around the world. “Your rights are in jeopardy: they are being treated with utter contempt by many governments around the world,” said Salil Shetty, Secretary General of Amnesty International.

February 25, 2015 • Report

State of the World 2014/2015

This has been a devastating year for those seeking to stand up for human rights and for those caught up in the suffering of war zones. Governments pay lip service to the importance of protecting civilians. And yet the world's politicians have miserably failed to protect those in greatest need. Amnesty International believes that this can and must finally change.

May 17, 2013 • Report

Annual Report: Côte D’Ivoire 2013

REPUBLIC OF CÔTE D’IVOIRE Head of state Alassane Ouattara Head of government Daniel Kablan Duncan (replaced Jeannot Ahoussou-Kouadio) Throughout the year people were arbitrarily detained and tortured against a backdrop …

March 19, 2013 • Report

Communities Shattered by Arms Proliferation and Abuse in Cote d’Ivoire

The irresponsible and illegal supply of weaponry and munitions to the warring parties in Côte d’Ivoire has continued for over a decade.

September 26, 2012 • Report

The Toxic Truth

Amnesty's new report looks at a company called Trafigura, a ship called the Probo Koala, and the dumping of toxic waste in Cote d'Ivoire.

July 27, 2011 • Report

Côte d’Ivoire: Climate of fear stopping return of displaced people

Côte d’Ivoire security forces and a state-backed militia are creating a climate of fear that is preventing hundreds of thousands of people displaced by post-election violence from returning to their …

June 27, 2011 • Report

Annual Report: Côte d’Ivoire 2011

Death penalty: abolitionist for all crimes Population: 21.6 million Life expectancy: 58.4 years Under-5 mortality (m/f): 129/117 per 1,000 Adult literacy: 54.6 per cent Tensions rose dramatically after presidential elections …

May 24, 2011 • Report

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

The violence that followed the disputed presidential election in November 2010 has caused the most serious humanitarian and human rights crisis in Côte d'Ivoire in recent years. Hundreds of people have been unlawfully killed. Sexual violence was reported. Hundreds of thousands of people were forced to seek refuge in other regions of Côte d'Ivoire or in neighbouring countries. The conclusions in this report show that all parties to the conflict have committed crimes under international law, including war crimes and crimes against humanity.

March 19, 2011 • Report

Annual Report: Cote d’Ivoire 2010

Head of state Laurent Gbagbo Head of government Guillaume Soro Death penalty abolitionist for all crimes Population 21.1 million Life expectancy 56.8 years Under-5 mortality (m/f) 129/117 per 1,000 Adult …

October 20, 2020 • Press Release

Regional human rights bodies struggle to uphold rights amid political headwinds in Africa

For a second consecutive year, Amnesty International has documented how African governments are grossly undermining regional human rights bodies by failing to comply with their decisions, ignoring their urgent appeals, …