International Justice

Violent attacks persist in Ivory Coast along ethnic/political lines between former President Laurent Gbagbo’s supporters and those of current President Alassane Ouattara. A visiting senior UN human rights official noted the urgency of ending impunity for Ouattara’s supporters in maintaining peace in the region.

The two most relevant incidents were a result of political/ethnic tensions between the group that supported the ousted President Laurent Gbagbo and those who support the current president Alassane Ouattara. In April 2011, Ouattara supporters raided the town of Dueokoue as part of their campaign to gain territorial control of the country, leaving approximately a thousand victims, mostly members of the ethnic group that supported Gbagbo. “After taking over the town, pro-Ouattara forces committed horrific abuses, killing several hundred people.” (Human Rights Watch)

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