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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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October 28, 2016 • Press Release

Côte d’Ivoire: Authorities must stop arbitrary arrests and ‘mobile detention’ of opposition supporters ahead of referendum

Authorities in Côte d’Ivoire must stop targeting opposition members by curtailing their rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, Amnesty International said ahead of Sunday’s referendum on constitutional changes. On October 20, at least 50 opposition members were arbitrarily arrested at a peaceful protest and detained for hours in moving police vehicles. Some of …

May 9, 2016 • Press Release

Trial of former first lady Simone Gbagbo opens in Côte d’Ivoire

While today’s trial of former first lady Simone Gbagbo is an important step towards ending impunity in Côte d’Ivoire, Amnesty International maintains that the Ivorian authorities should reconsider their refusal to comply with their obligation to surrender her to the International Criminal Court (ICC) pursuant to an arrest warrant against her on charges of crimes against humanity.

February 22, 2016 • Press Release

Amnesty International’s Annual State of the World Report Slams Governments, Including the U.S., for Global Assault on Freedoms

On the launch of its 2015 State of the World report, Amnesty International USA urged President Obama to use his last year in office to bring U.S. laws and policies in line with international human rights standards.

February 18, 2016 • Press Release

Your rights in jeopardy, global assault on freedoms, warns Amnesty International

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 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 of continued insecurity and attacks by unidentified armed combatants. Many people were displaced as a result. Freedom of the press was under attack and newspapers …

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.

February 11, 2013 • Press Release

Countries Must Adopt Strong Arms Trade Treaty to Stop Contributing to the Use of Child Soldiers

On Monday, Feb. 12, International Day against the Use of Child Soldiers, Amnesty International highlights the need to adopt a global Arms Trade Treaty to prevent government forces or armed groups – like those currently in Mali – from using weapons to recruit child soldiers.

December 13, 2012 • Press Release

President Ouattara Urged to Approve Côte d’Ivoire’s Ratification of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court

Amnesty International urges the Ivorian government to take all necessary steps to ensure that its instrument of ratification is promptly deposited with the United Nations Treaty Office in New York to complete the process.