US: Amnesty International stresses justice for Ivorians

New York, US (PANA) - Amnesty International on Wednesday said the International Criminal
Court (ICC) must ensure that justice is done for all victims of crimes under international law
committed in Cote d’Ivoire, as the trial against former President Laurent Gbagbo and his
youth minister Charles Goudé kicked off in The Hague.  

Following the country’s 2010-2011 post-election crisis, during which more than 1,000
people were killed, the two are being tried by the ICC on four charges of crimes against
humanity including murder and rape, other inhumane acts, and persecution.

An Amnesty international statement made available to PANA in New York quoted
Mr. Gaetan Mootoo, Amnesty International West Africa Researcher, as saying: "This trial
marks a milestone in the search for justice for the victims of crimes committed during the
post-election crisis.

"It is the first time a former head of state has been put on trial at the ICC, which sends a
strong message that no one is above the law."

Mootoo noted that "all those suspected of criminal responsibility for these horrific crimes,
including current President Alassane Ouattara’s supporters, must be brought to account
through fair trials, either in country or by the ICC, and this is the only way to ensure justice
for the hundreds of victims."

Gbagbo was surrendered to the ICC on 30 November 2011 and he first appeared before
the pre-trial chamber on 5 December 2011. Ivorian authorities surrendered Goude
to the ICC on 22 March 2014 following an arrest warrant issued on 21 December 2011.

The ICC has also issued an arrest warrant against Simone Gbagbo, the former First Lady,
but Cote d’Ivoire refused to surrender her to the ICC.

Amnesty International has repeatedly called on the Ivorian authorities and the ICC
Prosecutor to investigate all crimes under international law committed by all parties
during Cote d’Ivoire’s post-election crisis.
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