• Soldiers from the Republican Forces patrol Dabou on August 16, 2012, following an attack on an army base, a prison, and a police station the previous night. Progress in security sector reform remains minimal, and many soldiers continue to conduct policing functions.
    The Ivorian government took an important step in supporting accountability for the country’s postelection atrocities by renewing the mandate of the special unit investigating those crimes. The government now needs to ensure adequate staffing, security, and independence for the body to carry out robust investigations.

Reports

Cote d'Ivoire

  • Jun 12, 2014
    The June 12, 2014 decision by the International Criminal Court (ICC) by a majority of judges in the case of former Côte d’Ivoire President Laurent Gbagbo should remind those in positions of power that they are not immune from justice. A majority of Pre-Trial Chamber I confirmed the charges of crimes against humanity against Gbagbo and moved the case to trial.
  • May 16, 2014
    Five months after the renewal of the Special Investigation and Examination Unit (Cellule spéciale d’enquête et d’instruction - CSEI) charged with investigating crimes committed during the post-electoral crisis in Ivory Coast, no implementing decree has yet been adopted to render the Unit genuinely operational. A functional investigations unit is essential to fighting impunity in Ivory Coast. The failure to render the Unit effective has led a number of Ivorian and international human rights and victim support organisations call on the Ivorian authorities to enable the CSEI to carry out its mandate.
  • May 8, 2014
    Over my last five years as a researcher with Human Rights Watch, I’ve listened to hundreds of men, women, and children in Côte d’Ivoire recount horrific abuses they saw or experienced linked to the country’s decade-long politico-military crisis. I wish I could say with confidence that these victims will have their day in court. But while President Alassane Ouattara’s government has overseen an economic rebound in the three years since elections sparked five months of deadly violence, it has left largely untouched the legacy of impunity for those in power, threatening the sustainability of the country’s recovery.
  • Mar 7, 2014
  • Jan 14, 2014
  • Jan 9, 2014
    The Ivorian government took an important step in supporting accountability for the country’s postelection atrocities by renewing the mandate of the special unit investigating those crimes. The government now needs to ensure adequate staffing, security, and independence for the body to carry out robust investigations.
  • Dec 31, 2013
    With the slaughter of civilians in Syria still horribly unrestrained, it is easy to be discouraged about human rights. There is, of course, every reason for outrage about Syria, and about the international community's narrow focus on peace talks, unlikely as they are to succeed anytime soon, without any comparable effort to stop the killing of civilians while the fighting continues. But there has been human rights progress in many areas in 2013. That is of obvious importance for the immediate beneficiaries, but it also should encourage efforts for progress on persistent abuses elsewhere. Here are a few of the human rights milestones of the past year.
  • Dec 12, 2013
    In November 2010, a contested presidential election in Côte d’Ivoire sparked six months of violence in which at least 3,000 people were killed. After the crisis ended in May 2011, President Alassane Ouattara vowed to ensure justice for the egregious crimes committed by forces on both sides. He was praised at home and abroad for a commitment that offered the potential to calm the dangerous political and ethnic divide he’d inherited. This month, the Ivorian government faces a critical decision that will indicate whether it remains invested in impartial justice.
  • Dec 5, 2013
  • Oct 10, 2013