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UN claims evidence of crimes by both sides in Côte d'Ivoire

Reuters/Luc Gnago

Investigators say a probe ordered by the United Nations Human Rights Council has found evidence of possible crimes against humanity by forces loyal to Côte D’Ivoire’s Laurent Gbagbo and followers of his successor Alassane Ouattara. 

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“The commission concluded that during the period examined, several serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law were committed by different actors: some could constitute crimes against humanity,” said the report.

The violations include attacks by Gbagbo’s forces against the population in the Abidjan suburb Abobo and attacks by Ouattara’s forces against people of Guere origin.

The three-member panel, which travelled to the country from 4 May to 28 May, called on the Ivorian government to carry out "exhaustive, impartial and transparent” investigations to ensure that justice would be done.

The results of the investigation come amid reports of continuing attacks in the west African state.

On Thursday, the UN mission in Côte d’Ivoire accused Ouattara’s forces of attacks and violence in the south and west that has left at least two people dead and dozens hurt.

The violence was in areas known to be home to supporters of ex-president Gbagbo.

 

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