Background Briefing

Human Rights Violations in Abidjan

Côte d’Ivoire

Human Rights Violations in Abidjan during an Opposition Demonstration - March 2004

Human Rights Watch Briefing Paper, October 2004

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2.Background to Events Surrounding the March 25, 2004 Demonstration

3.The Ivorian Government Position

4.Violations by Pro-Government forces: Ivorian Police, Gendarmes and Army

5.Violations by Pro-Government Forces:  Militias and FPI Militants

6.The Role of Armed Demonstrators

7.Mob Violence by the Demonstrators

8.Lack of Civilian Protection by Foreign Military Forces

9.Legal Aspects