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UN Operation in Cote d'Ivoire (UN-Geführt)
Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara met four West African leaders in Benin on Monday, the same day his rival Laurent Gbagbo made his first appearance before the International Criminal Court. … The summit of the French-speaking nations was aimed at re-launching the activities of the Council of...
ECOWAS will cover the legislative election (04.12.2011)
… the President of the ECOWAS Commission, H.E. James Victor GBEHO will deploy a mission of sixty (60) observers from 8 – 13 December 2011 to oversee the legislative election of 11 December 2011 in Cote d’Ivoire at the special request of that Government.
Mr. Gbagbo allegedly bears individual criminal responsibility, as indirect co-perpetrator, for four counts of crimes against humanity, namely murder, rape and other forms of sexual violence, persecution and other inhuman acts, committed in Côte d’Ivoire between 16 December 2010 and 12 April 2011.
Security and logistics are among the biggest challenges facing Côte d’Ivoire as it prepares for legislative polls next month, the top United Nations envoy there said today, after he met with the head of the country’s electoral authority.
France resumes security cooperation with Ivory Coast (07.11.2011)
France marked the resumption of security cooperation with Ivory Coast after a seven-year hiatus with the delivery of police vehicles Monday in Abidjan. … Bilateral security cooperation irreparably broke down in 2004 when Ivorian forces carried out an aerial attack on French troops stationed in the...
Major donors to Ivory Coast are in talks with President Alassane Ouattara to urge him to draft a plan for badly needed reforms to his security forces, and turn an undisciplined mix of soldiers and former rebels into a professional force.
An International Criminal Court investigation into Ivory Coast's post-election conflict will focus on two to six people thought most responsible for atrocities, the prosecutor said during a visit to the country. ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo, who was addressing a news conference late on...
The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Côte d’Ivoire today condemned acts of violence at a political gathering in Abidjan over the weekend and appealed for calm to enable campaigning for the forthcoming legislative elections to proceed in a peaceful atmosphere.
Cote d'Ivoire: rebranding the army (05.10.2011)
The Ivoirian government is rebranding the national army to change the force's negative image as it undergoes major reforms, which include demobilizing 10,000 soldiers by the end of the year, training up troops, and restructuring existing posts.
The International Criminal Court (ICC) today authorized its prosecutor to probe alleged abuses committed during the recent post-election violence in Côte d’Ivoire – the seventh investigation in Africa and the first in a State that is not party to the treaty that set up the Court.
Ivory Coast gets truth and reconciliation commission (28.09.2011)
Ivory Coast has sworn in its Truth, Reconciliation and Dialogue Commission, aimed at forging unity after deadly violence that followed last year's disputed elections. About 3,000 people were killed and 500,000 displaced in the unrest.
Military build-up in west following attacks (23.09.2011)
Peacekeepers with the UN Operation in Côte d'Ivoire (UNOCI), French Licorne military forces, and the national army Forces Républicaines de Côte d'Ivoire (FRCI), are building up their military presence in western Côte d'Ivoire to try to better secure the region following attacks in the villages of...
The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Côte d’Ivoire has sent two patrol units to the country’s border with Liberia to assess the situation after a group of heavily armed militiamen crossed the frontier and attacked two Ivorian villages last week, killing at least 18 people.
Former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo will have a fair trial on charges of human rights abuses at the International Criminal Court (ICC), President Alassane Ouattara said on Tuesday.
Ivory Coast reconciliation commission launched (06.09.2011)
Ivory Coast's Truth, Reconciliation and Dialogue Commission has launched, with its star member - footballer Didier Drogba - absent from its first meeting. Commission chairman Charles Konan Banny said the body would try to forge unity among bitterly divided Ivorians.
The United Nations Operation in Côte d'Ivoire (UNOCI) is looking into recent allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse involving its peacekeepers based in the west of the country.
The ECOWAS Commission is to send a team of experts to Cote d'Ivoire in October to assist the country in working out details of projects to be funded by China under the framework of an existing agreement between the regional organization and Beijing.
Cote d’Ivoire: Finding peace after power shift (18.08.2011)
With power in Côte d’Ivoire having changed hands from Laurent Gbagbo to Alassane Ouattara, the social dynamic has shifted in Moyen-Cavally, creating new challenges for stability in the cocoa- and coffee-rich region where political partisanship runs largely along ethnic lines. But observers say...
Laurent Gbagbo's son charged (10.08.2011)
The son of Ivory Coast's former President Laurent Gbagbo is among 12 people who have been charged over post-election violence which killed an estimated 3,000 people.
ECOWAS seeks lasting peace in Cote d'Ivoire (02.08.2011)
President Goodluck Jonathan has pledged that the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) will take drastic steps to ensure peace and security breaches arising from post election issues in Cote d'Ivoire were promptly addressed for enduring peace in the country.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today appointed Albert Gerard (Bert) Koenders of the Netherlands as his Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI). He will replace Choi Young-jin of the Republic of Korea, who will complete his assignment on...
Forced to fight five months for the power his November election should have given him peacefully, Côte d’Ivoire’s new president now faces multiple urgent challenges to keep the country from fragmenting. “A Critical Period for Ensuring Stability in Côte d’Ivoire”, the latest report from the...
The Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Côte d’Ivoire for another year to assist the country tackle the many challenges it faces following the recent post-election crisis.
Côte d'Ivoire faces multiple challenges after emerging from its recent post-electoral crisis, but none more critical than restoring law and order throughout the West African nation, the top United Nations envoy there said today.
The United Nations peacekeeping force in Côte d’Ivoire is to establish eight new military camps in the country’s west, where security concerns remain following the bloody post-election crisis that ended in mid-April.
The Security Council today extended the deployment of the additional 2,000 troops and the air assets it sent to reinforce the United Nations peacekeeping force in Côte d’Ivoire in the wake of the violence that erupted following last November’s elections.
Ivory Coast signs ICC accord, pledges no impunity (28.06.2011)
Ivory Coast's justice minister pledged that no one who committed war crimes during a post-poll power struggle would escape justice, as he signed a cooperation accord on Tuesday with the International Criminal Court (ICC).
New report of the Secretary-General on UNOCI (24.06.2011)
International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor, Luis Moreno Ocampo, will request authorization from the Judges to open an investigation into war crimes and crimes against humanity allegedly committed in Cote d’Ivoire. If the Chamber grants the authorization the Office of the Prosecutor will open an...
Ivory Coast sets up body to probe abuses (16.06.2011)
Ivorian authorities have said they are setting up a national commission to investigate crimes committed during recent months of violence.
At least 300,000 civilians are still displaced in Côte d’Ivoire two months after the end of the post-election crisis, the United Nations refugee agency reported, adding that ongoing insecurity in some areas is preventing their return.
Serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law were committed following last November’s presidential election in Côte d’Ivoire, according to investigators.
President Alassane Ouattara inaugurated (21.05.2011)
Alassane Ouattara has been inaugurated as the president of Ivory Coast in the capital, Yamoussoukro, after months of violence and political turmoil.
Security in Côte d’Ivoire’s biggest city, Abidjan, is improving and commercial activities such as retail trade and banking are resuming, but tensions remain high in other parts of the country, notably the west, where outbreaks of violence have been recorded, the United Nations reported today.
Militiamen loyal to former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo killed 120 people during a "scorched earth" retreat from Abidjan last week, the Defence Ministry said. The United Nations said it was investigating the report.
United Nations human rights workers have found the bodies of nearly 70 people, apparently the victims of a militia backing the former Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo, in a series of graves in a suburb of Côte d’Ivoire’s biggest city, Abidjan.
Ivory Coast troops retake pro-Gbagbo area of Abidjan (05.05.2011)
Government forces in the Ivory Coast say they are now in control of the whole of the main city of Abidjan. Supporters of ousted President Laurent Gbagbo had been holding out in Yopougon district but a military commander said they had now been defeated.
More than three weeks after the end of the post-electoral crisis in Côte d’Ivoire, the humanitarian situation in the country remains alarming for tens of thousands of civilians despite improved security, the United Nations refugee agency warned today.
Ivory Coast insurgent militia leader killed (28.04.2011)
The leader of a militia that helped Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara defeat rival Laurent Gbagbo was killed in a gun battle on Wednesday after he and his men refused to obey a presidential order to disarm.
The post-electoral crisis in Côte d’Ivoire may have ended but thousands of civilians are still suffering from the consequences of the four months of turmoil that engulfed the West African nation and require increased humanitarian assistance, the United Nations said today.
Aid agencies fighting to remain impartial (22.04.2011)
The perceived impartiality of UN aid agencies and NGOs is still at risk and must be re-stressed in Côte d’Ivoire, say NGOs, given the UN peacekeeping force’s direct role in the fighting.
Ivory Coast's new President Alassane Ouattara has said all sides in the country's conflict must face justice. He said he would ask the International Criminal Court to probe massacres in which both his forces and those of his rival Laurent Gbagbo were suspected.
Opponents besiege Ivory Coast strongman (07.04.2011)
Opposition forces in Ivory Coast besieged the residence of the nation’s strongman, Laurent Gbagbo, for a second consecutive day on Thursday, hoping to seize him alive for a possible trial after he refused French and United Nations demands to step down.
The Council of the European Union adopted new legislation today to impose additional restrictive measures against Côte d'Ivoire, in view of the gravity of the situation there.
The office of the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) today said it may open investigations into the “widespread and systematic” killings in Côte d’Ivoire, including the reported mass murder of civilians, saying it is gathering information on alleged crimes by all parties to the...
Ivory Coast: Ouattara fighters "take capital" (31.03.2011)
Forces loyal to one of Ivory Coast's rival presidents, Alassane Ouattara, have captured the administrative capital Yamoussoukro, residents say.
Demanding end to violence in Côte d’Ivoire, Security Council imposes targeted sanctions (30.03.2011)
With the post-electoral deadlock in Côte d’Ivoire now entering its fifth month and the crisis showing no signs of abating, the Security Council today demanded an immediate end to the violence against civilians and decided to impose targeted sanctions against former president Laurent Gbagbo, his...
The U.N. peacekeeping mission in Ivory Coast says it is concerned that heavy weapons could be used against civilians as rival presidents struggle for power. In a statement Tuesday, the mission said forces loyal to incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo are repairing an attack helicopter and preparing...
Thousands of residents of Côte d’Ivoire’s commercial capital, Abidjan, have been flocking to bus stations seeking transport out of the city fearing that an all-out war is in the offing after an escalation of violence, the United Nations refugee agency reported today.