Ivorian MPs dwell on identification of foreigners

Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- A draft bill on the identification of foreigners and their stay is among several draft laws submitted before the Ivorian parliament, which started a plenary session in Abidjan Friday.
The plenary session chaired by the speaker of parliament Mamadou Koulibaly of the ruling Ivorian Popular Front (IFP) comes after the adoption of the bill by a parliamentary commission on 8 April.
Heated debates occurred in the house Friday as legislators discussed the bill seeking to introduce resident permits for foreigners living in Cote d'Ivoire.
If the bill become law, citizens from countries in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) lacking passports will be required to obtain a "free movement license" in order to say in the country for less than three months.
These will have to get "resident cards" for staying in the country for more than three months, while people from non-ECOWAS countries will be given "resident permits".
In addition, the new law will require all Ivorians to obtain national identity cards.
The 156 out of the 209 MPs present also examined a draft law on the creation of the National Human Rights Commission of Cote d'Ivoire (CNDHCI) and examined two proposals for the creation of two parliamentary commission of inquiry.
One of these will deal with events that occurred 18-19 September 2002 during the first hours of the military insurrection.
The second will deal with human rights violations that followed the violence from 25-26 March 2004 generated by a banned public demonstration, which led to several hundreds of deaths in Abidjan and its outskirts.
An international inquiry investigating the mayhem is scheduled to submit its report by 28 April.

23 april 2004 22:47:00




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