Côte d'Ivoire

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How selective justice is eroding peace in Côte d’Ivoire (28.02.2018)

Bringing war criminals to justice is a cornerstone for building reconciliation and stability in countries emerging from armed conflict. But in Côte d'Ivoire, six years of trials involving 83 suspects have left many people bitter and pessimistic, just as the country starts to gear up for pivotal...

Rival army factions clash in Ivory Coast city (10.01.2018)

Gunshots and heavy weapons fire erupted between rival factions in Ivory Coast’s army at military bases in its second largest city, Bouake, residents and soldiers said.

Ivory Coast to retire 1,000 soldiers to slim down military (06.12.2017)

Ivory Coast will cut its armed forces by about 1,000 troops by the end of the year, a government spokesman said Wednesday, in a bid to rationalize a costly and sometimes unruly military.

Land clashes test Côte d’Ivoire’s fragile security (25.10.2017)

Fresh clashes over land in western Côte d’Ivoire, following a spate of army mutinies, attacks on police stations, and jailbreaks, represent a growing challenge to the country’s nascent and hard-won stability.

‘Important work ahead,’ Security Council says, as UN mission in Côte d’Ivoire concludes (30.06.2017)

Recognizing the efforts of the United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) in promoting peace, stability and development, the UN Security Council today marked the closing of the mission by underscoring the importance of action by the Government to address the remaining challenges in the...

UN chief voices support for sustaining ‘hard-won peace’ after mission’s closure (29.06.2017)

Secretary-General António Guterres has welcomed the closure of the United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI), which will take place on Friday, and reiterated the UN family’s commitment to helping the people and Government of the West African nation to sustain their hard-won peace.

UN chief welcomes country's return to calm after unrest (17.05.2017)

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has commended the Government of Côte d'Ivoire for restoring security following a mutiny over pay, his spokesperson said.

Mission accomplished – UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (01.05.2017)

After 13 years, the United Nations is completing the peacekeeping phase of its engagement with Côte d'Ivoire, after successfully assisting the country in restoring peace and stability following the post-2010 election crisis. When the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) closes its doors on 30 June...

Côte d’Ivoire could be ‘success story’ if peacekeeping gains fully backed – UN envoy (08.02.2017)

Côte d’Ivoire is on the path to durable stability, the United Nations envoy for the country today told the Security Council, but warned that authorities need to invest more in national reconciliation and transitional justice, and to improve the economic, social and cultural rights of Ivoirians.

Ivory Coast Special Forces mutiny (08.02.2017)

Special Forces in the Ivory Coast army mutinied in the coastal town of Adiake on Tuesday, firing weapons into the air, a resident and a military source said.

Ivory Coast president calls for talks with security services (18.01.2017)

Ivory Coast's President Alassane Ouattara ordered his defence minister and the heads of the army, police and gendarmes on Wednesday to hold talks with members of the security forces to discuss grievances in a bid to end two weeks of unrest.

Ivory Coast's Ouattara names new government with few changes (11.01.2017)

Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara named a new, slightly smaller government on Wednesday, though there were few changes to major positions, according to a statement read on state-owned television.

Ivory Coast president dismisses heads of army, police and gendarmes (10.01.2017)

Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara dismissed the heads of the army, police and gendarmes on Monday after a two-day military mutiny that spread unrest across the West African nation, according to a presidency statement.

Ivory Coast defence minister freed by mutinous soldiers (08.01.2017)

Mutinous soldiers in Ivory Coast have released the country's defence minister after detaining him for two hours in a standoff over pay.

Ivory Coast voters back 'controversial' new constitution (01.11.2016)

Voters have overwhelmingly backed new constitutional reforms, according to official results released on Tuesday. However, the plebiscite was marred by low turnout after opposition leaders urged a boycott.

Ivory Coast parliament approves constitution change (12.10.2016)

Ivory Coast's parliament has approved changes to the constitution that ease a presidential eligibility requirement at the center of a political crisis that turned deadly.

Ivory Coast draft constitution amends clause at heart of civil war (03.10.2016)

Ivory Coast voters will decide this month whether to soften a nationality clause that helped trigger a decade-long political crisis, a draft of a new constitution showed Monday.

Ivory Coast parliament votes to hold referendum on new constitution (23.07.2016)

Ivory Coast's parliament on Friday voted overwhelmingly in favour of holding a referendum on a new constitution that would among other measures remove a controversial nationality clause that contributed to years of unrest and civil war.

ICC prosecutor vows to investigate both sides in Ivory Coast (03.06.2016)

The International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor said on Friday she would investigate crimes committed on both sides of Ivory Coast's civil war and defended the court against its critics.

UN council removes 12-year-old arms embargo on Ivory Coast (28.04.2016)

The United Nations Security Council lifted a 12-year-old arms embargo on Ivory Coast on Thursday and renewed the UN peacekeeping mission in the West African state for a final year. … U.N. peacekeepers, who were deployed in 2004, will leave Ivory Coast by April 30, 2017, according to the resolution.

Ivory Coast to compensate thousands of conflict victims (20.04.2016)

Five years after the end of Ivory Coast’s second civil war, the government has released a list of over 300,000 people it considers as entitled to compensation for crimes suffered during both wars and as a result of political crises stretching back to 1990.

With peace and stability gains, Côte d'Ivoire 'on the rights track' – UN peacekeeping chief (12.04.2016)

With Côte d'Ivoire now firmly anchored on the path of peace, stability and economic recovery, the top United Nations peacekeeping official today said that it is perhaps time to consider wrapping up the UN mission and begin to consider the Organization’s future role in supporting the consolidating...

UN to end its mission in Cote d'Ivoire in June 2017 (06.04.2016)

The United Nations mission in Cote d'Ivoire will end in June 2017, a UN report published Tuesday by the local media has said. "The UN will continue reducing the size of its mission in Cote d'Ivoire and hopes to finally end it in June 2017," the report noted.

West Africa violence: France to deploy reaction force in Burkina Faso (15.03.2016)

France has said it will deploy a paramilitary police force in the capital of Burkina Faso to react quickly in the event of new attacks by Islamist militants in West Africa. The move comes two days after gunmen opened fire at an Ivory Coast beach resort killing 18 people, including four French...

Security Council condemns deadly Côte d'Ivoire terrorist attack (14.03.2016)

The United Nations Security Council has strongly condemned yesterday’s terrorist attacks in Grand-Bassam, Côte d’Ivoire, that killed at least 16 people and left many more injured, and for which Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb has claimed responsibility.

Former Ivorian leader becomes first ex-head of state to be tried by ICC (27.01.2016)

Ex-Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo faces charges of crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court in The Hague in connection with months of post-election violence that killed 3,000 five years ago.

UN peacekeeping force reduced in light of country’s progress towards stability (20.01.2016)

In a unanimously adopted resolution, the 15-Member body decreased the authorized ceiling of the UN Operation in Côte d'Ivoire (UNOCI) from 5,437 to 4,000 military personnel by 31 March.

Ivory Coast president vows 'more efficient government' (06.01.2016)

Ivory Coast's President Alassane Ouattara promised "a new departure" for French-speaking Africa's largest economy on Wednesday as he started to reshuffle the government following his landslide re-election last October.

Ivory Coast's Ouattara wins second term (28.10.2015)

Ivory Coast's President Alassane Ouattara has won a second five-year term with nearly 84% of the vote, electoral commission officials say.

Ivory Coast readies for presidential poll (21.10.2015)

The election campaign is in full-swing in Abidjan, Ivory Coast's biggest city. On Sunday, more than 6 million voters are expected to go to the polls to choose their next leader. … The poll is crucial for the country after post-election violence five years ago left at least 3,000 people dead.

Ivory Coast president urges reconciliation ahead of key vote (14.09.2015)

Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara called on his supporters to "forgive" their political opponents on Sunday, while also urging them to mobilise for upcoming presidential elections in which he is seeking a second term.

Former Ivory Coast President Gbagbo’s party calls for poll boycott (10.09.2015)

Boubacar Kone, interim spokesman of the Ivorian Popular Front party, told VOA the people of Ivory Coast have already begun organizing protests against the vote, seen by many as crucial to return the country to stability since the violence that followed the 2010 presidential vote.

Ivory Coast opposition party to boycott election (09.08.2015)

The opposition Ivorian Popular Front (FPI) is boycotting the upcoming October 25 presidential election, because it says the prevailing political and security conditions are not conducive for a peaceful, transparent and credible poll.

Registration of candidates begins ahead of October vote (04.08.2015)

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) of Côte d’Ivoire has begun to register candidates for the presidential election of October. Registration will remain open through 25 August. … IEC has also made the electoral register public, including some 6.3 million voters.

Three concerns ahead of Côte d’Ivoire poll (21.07.2015)

Five years after Côte d’Ivoire’s disputed presidential election threw the country into turmoil and left more than 3,000 dead, its people are set to go to the polls again. Could we see similar unrest this October or will the West African nation turn the page and move forward?

Ivory Coast charges president's allies over post-vote violence (08.07.2015)

Ivory Coast has charged 20 people with crimes committed during a brief civil war in 2010-11 including, for the first time, fighters who backed President Alassane Ouattara, an international human rights official said.

Security Council extends mandate of UNOCI (25.06.2015)

The Security Council today decided to extend the mandate of the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) for another year, until 30 June 2016, as well as the authorization it provides to the French Forces in order to support the mission.

Côte d’Ivoire will continue to need UN support, Security Council told (09.06.2015)

For Côte d’Ivoire, the October presidential election represents an important milestone in the consolidation of the hard-won gains of recent years, the United Nations envoy for the West African country today told the Security Council today, outlining a very different environment from 2010, but...

Ivorians divided over Simone Gbagbo conviction (10.03.2015)

An Ivorian court has sent former first lady Simone Gbagbo to jail for 20 years on charges linked to post-election violence. … Simone Gbagbo was tried alongside 82 other allies of her husband, ex-President Laurent Gbagbo, in a case that has revived deep divisions in Ivory Coast.

Welcoming recent progress, UN envoy urges vigilance in run-up to elections (13.01.2015)

While praising Côte d’Ivoire’s significant progress towards lasting peace and economic recovery, the top United Nations official in the country told the Security Council today that vigilance and determination will still be required to hold onto recent gains and lay the ground for presidential...

Ivory Coast army protests sow fears of return to unrest (01.12.2014)

Protests by disgruntled soldiers in Ivory Coast have exposed the government's failure to reform its mutiny-plagued armed forces and its rapid capitulation sets a dangerous precedent in a country with bright economic prospects.

Ivory Coast government yields to soldiers' demands after protests (19.11.2014)

Ivory Coast's government agreed on Tuesday to pay back wages and overdue benefits to thousands of former rebels now serving in the army after they paralysed several towns across the country with protests, the ministers of defence and the interior said.

ICC prosecutors want joint Ivory Coast trial (05.11.2014)

Prosecutors at the International Criminal Court said Tuesday they want to put Ivory Coast's former president and another suspect alleged to be one of his key supporters on trial together on charges of involvement in deadly violence that erupted after the country's 2010 presidential elections.

Ivory Coast deal may seal Ouattara's reelection, fuel uncertainty (22.09.2014)

An endorsement from Ivory Coast's influential former leader Henri Konan Bedie has cleared President Alassane Ouattara's path to reelection next year but fuels uncertainty over the booming nation's longer-term future.

Security Council renews mandate of UN mission in Cote d’Ivoire (25.06.2014)

Members also agreed that the Mission should be reconfigured to consist of up to 5,437 military personnel from the current limit of 7,137. The Council made it clear that it would consider further downsizing of the Mission ahead of its possible termination after the October 2015 presidential...

With peacekeeping reductions in Côte d’Ivoire, rapid response is critical, UN envoy says (16.06.2014)

The reduction of peacekeeping personnel in Côte d'Ivoire will continue, given ‘impressive’ progress there, but the rapid reaction capabilities of remaining forces must be boosted to help ensure security during planned elections.


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