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.

African Youth Day Conference 2011

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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."

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.

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).

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