• 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

  • 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
  • Oct 9, 2013
    At least hundreds of people who fled violence in western Côte d’Ivoire during the country’s 2010-2011 post-election crisis have returned to find that their land has been illegally taken over. Many people throughout western Côte d’Ivoire have been unable to access their land – on which they grow food and cash crops like cocoa and coffee – for more than two years, leading to rising communal tensions and humanitarian concerns.
  • Oct 3, 2013
    Côte d’Ivoire should either surrender a notorious militia leader to the International Criminal Court (ICC) or formally contest transferring him if it intends to try him domestically.
  • Sep 16, 2013