Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)

Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)

  • Elders Call for Reconciliation

    Archbishop Desmond Tutu's peace and human rights group has urged Ivory Coast to make more decisive efforts at reconciliation more than a year after a political crisis left thousands dead.

    The Elders, chaired by the veteran anti-apartheid activist and made up of world figures including former United States President, Jimmy Carter, voiced concerns that some of those responsible for the west African nation's violence had not been prosecuted.

    In a press statement, the group says that, "The Elders are heartened to find the country is on the road to recovery, but stress the need for more decisive progress towards reconciliation."

    To read the article titled, “Tutu group calls for I Coast reconciliation,” click here.

  • African Youth Day Conference 2011

    Organisation of African Youth (OAYouth)

    The Organisation of African Youth (OAYouth) is the youth platform for information exchange, forum for debate on African issues and a network of future political, corporate, academic, literary, religious and traditional leaders in all African contexts.

    The African Youth Day was declared and adopted by the African Union (AU) in 2006 to be commemorated on 1 November each year. It has since evolved as the most powerful platform of young people of Africa.

    OAYouth, in collaboration with Phelps Stokes and International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), is hosting the ‘African Youth Day Conference 2011 (AYDAC'11)’ on 1 November 2011 in Johannesburg.

    The youth of Africa will convene at AYDAC’11 to celebrate the African Youth Day. The conference will pave way for youth to examine workable methods to improve youth unity as well as strengthen youth economic empowerment through leadership development, entrepreneurship support and agricultural transformation.

    Conference Objectives:

    • Echo the voice of ordinary young people of Africa;
    • Share information and best practices in promoting opportunities for youth encouraging youth to start new entrepreneurship initiatives;
    • Establish suitable structures for meeting the unique needs for youth business start-ups in developing economies in Africa;
    • Build lasting relationships between youth and business institutions;
    • Infuse a gender perspective and rights-based approach to policies and programs for youth;
    • Cultivate in the youth the spirit of accountability, transparency and integrity (ATI).
    Only young people of between 15 and 35 who are of nationality of any African State will qualify to apply.

    Cost: R2 430 per delegate.

    For sponsorships, exhibitions and applications, write to:

    Enquiries: Tel: +27 73 445 4355.

    For more about The Organisation of African Youth, refer to

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    Event venue: 
    Ingwenya Country Escape, Lanseria, Johannesburg
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  • Quattara Supporters Urged to End Violence

    Amnesty International (AI) says that perceived supporters of former Côte d'Ivoire President, Laurent Gbagbo, are at risk of violent reprisals, despite President, Alassane Quattara’s call for Ivorians to “abstain from all forms of reprisals and violence.”

    The organisation’s deputy director for Africa, Véronique Aubert, points out that, “Dozens of young people are going into hiding in Abidjan out of fear for their lives. In the western part of the country people suspected of being pro-Gbagbo are also terrified.”

    Aubert states that many are hiding in the bush after their villages were burned down, adding that they need to be protected.

    To read the article titled, “Reprisal attacks against Gbagbo supporters in Côte d'Ivoire must stop,” click here.
    The Zimbabwean
  • MSF: Côte d'Ivoire Healthcare Crumbles Amid Violence

    Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) says that access to healthcare in Côte d'Ivoire has been hit hard by post-election violence, as medical staff flee the country and stocks of medicine run out.

    In a press statement, MSF points out that, "Faced with insecurity like the rest of the population, medical personnel have fled health establishments in conflict zones," in Western Côte d'Ivoire and the economic capital, Abidjan.

    The United Nations mission in the country reported 52 deaths in the past week as a stand-off between strongman Laurent Gbagbo, who refuses to cede power to internationally recognised president Alassane Ouattara, intensifies.

    To read the article titled, “MSF: Côte d'Ivoire healthcare crumbles amid violence,” click here.
  • Amnesty Calls on Ivory Coast to Protect Civilians

    Amnesty International (AI) has called on Ivory Coast to provide ‘urgent’ protection and assistance to the population, which is being targeted by armed groups on both sides of the political divide.

    AI Africa’s deputy director, Véronique Aubert , points out that the humanitarian crisis in that country is being exacerbated by the tens of thousands of people fleeing Abidjan who need immediate protection and assistance.

    Aubert, whose call comes as tens of thousands of civilians flee heavy gunfire amid intensified fighting, states that, "Many of those displaced by the fighting, including women and children, are having difficulty finding shelter and some are sleeping in the open air.”

    To read the article titled, “Amnesty International calls for urgent protection and assistance to population of Ivory Coast, as civilians flee heavy fighting,” click here.

    Amnesty International
  • AU Urged to Press Gbagbo to Halt Abuses

    The Human Rights Watch (HRW) has urged the African Union delegation tasked with resolving the political crisis in Côte d'Ivoire to work towards ending gross violations of human rights by forces under the control of Laurent Gbagbo.
    HRW Africa director, Daniel Bekele, points out that, “These leaders need to step in to find a just and accountable way out of this stand-off before the violence gets any worse."

    The organisation’s research shows new violations in recent weeks, with reports of the security forces firing lethal weapons - including live ammunition, fragmentation grenades, and rocket-propelled grenades - into crowds of people who continue to call on Gbagbo to concede his loss to Ouattara.

    To read the article titled, “African Union urged to press Gbagbo to halt abuses,” click here.

    All Africa
  • EU Grants Côte d'Ivoire €5m Emergency Humanitarian Aid

    The European Union (EU) is to release an emergency humanitarian aid of €5 million for those threatened by the post-election crisis Côte d'Ivoire.

    In a press statement, European commissioner in charge of international aid, Chritina Georgieva, points out that, “Our duty is to work out emergency plans and as soon as possible give humanitarian aid to the victims.”

    Georgieva says the post-electoral troubles Côte d'Ivoire had displaced mass populations of 11 000 people to Ghana, Liberia and Guinea-Conakry.

    The funds released will be managed by NGOs, humanitarian partners of EU and operating in Côte d'Ivoire.

    To read the article titled, “EU grants Côte d'Ivoire five million euro emergency humanitarian aid,” click here.

    Afrique en ligne
  • Pro-Gbagbo Forces Abducting Opponents – HRW

    The Human Rights Watch (HRW) says security forces associated with Laurent Gbagbo are abducting and ‘disappearing’ his rival's supporters.

    Citing statements from numerous witnesses, the organisation says the Ivorian leaders who order and encourage these kinds of grave human rights abuses could be held accountable by the International Criminal Court (ICC).

    Africa director at HRW, Rona Peligal, notes that, “Abducting, disappearing, and killing perceived political opponents are horrific human rights crimes, which can and should be punished."

    "No Ivorian families should have to suffer this grave mistreatment," explains Peligal.

    To read the article titled, “Côte d’Ivoire: Pro-Gbagbo forces abducting opponents,” click here.
    Human Rights Watch
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