Ivorian Crisis: ONUCI warns instigators of human rights violations

Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) - The UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (ONUCI) Thursday warned that instigators of ‘serious’ human rights violations in that country would be individually made to account for their actions, said a statement issued in Abidjan.

ONUCI said the human rights situation has significantly deteriorated following the armed clashes in the west of the country, Yamousoukro and in several areas of Abidjan, the country’s economic capital.

In Abobo, heavy fighting took place between the defence and security forces loyal to incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo and members of ‘the invisible commando’, leaving about 26 dead and dozens of civilians injured.

More than 200,000 people have also been displaced during the clashes.

ONUCI said for several days, civilians have been prevented by elements of the ‘invisible commando’ from leaving the war zones freely.

Entire families, holed up in public places, including churches, are living in fear, a situation worsened by the lack of water and electricity.

ONUCI said it witnessed a new resurgence of violence against the UN staff and between troops loyal to Gbagbo and supporters of the acclaimed president-elect, Alasane Ouattara.

03 march 2011 19:56:28

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