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.
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