June 16th, 2011
10:44 AM ET

Commission to probe Ivory Coast violence

The Ivorian government announced the creation Thursday of a national investigation commission on the crimes perpetrated during the post-election crisis amid mounting pressure fom human rights organizations and the United Nations.

Bruno Kone, spokesman for the government, made the announcement on national TV, following a Cabinet meeting. The "national investigation commission will shed light on all the human rights violations perpetrated during the post-electoral crisis," said Kone.

"The president called for all investigations to be carried out without delay so that those responsible could be identified and be applied sanctions if needed," the statement added.

President Alassane Ouattara has recurrently promised no mercy for human rights abusers no matter which side of the conflict there are from. But Human Rights Watch pointed out earlier Wednesday in a statement by senior West Africa researcher Corinne Dufk that "no one from Ouattara's camp had yet been arrested for abuses committed during the post-electoral conflict."

"There is a growing divide between the Ouattara government's rhetoric that no one is above the law and the reality that justice appears one-sided and delayed," the statement said.

So far those who are under investigation currently, either by the military prosecutor or by the civilian prosecutor, are all from the former officials of the government of Laurent Gbagbo, said Suleiman Baldo, a member of a U.N. investigation team on Ivory Coast post-electoral violence.

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said she is concerned by the violence following the disputed election, including reports of summary executions, rape, torture and the use of children by parties to the conflict.

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  1. BOSTONGIRL

    I'm les bian.

    June 16, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mimi

    Casey, Jeez, put a cork in it, you self-delusional, fanatical, obsessed POS beotch! There's a thread just four your damn post! Would you fukken use it?????

    June 16, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Riff*Raff

    The whole damn planet is in chaos. How can there be so many disgusting power hungry people with no regard for human life whatsoever? How do these morally bankrupt "leaders" find so many people willing to do their bidding, including r*pe and murder of children while they hide in their moated compounds living like kings? The situation is inexplicable and sickening.

    June 16, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      @riff*raff: i wonder how ya get a gig like that?

      June 16, 2011 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Riff*Raff

      @Lee-I dunno. Rumor has it there will be some openings available soon. You must like the arid, desert- like climate and be willing to sell your soul for the opportunity. The salary is exceptional w/possible bonuses. No real job security though and they don't offer a retirement package.

      June 16, 2011 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |