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Monday, April 09, 2012

HRW urged Ivory Coast to investigate human rights violations
Garrett Eisenhour at 12:00 AM ET

On April 9, 2011, Human Rights Watch (HRW) urged Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara to investigate allegations of murder and rape committed in March 2011 by opposition political forces known as the Republican Forces of Cote d'Ivoire. The report accused supporters loyal to president Ouattara of killing over 200 civilians, and raping at least 20 supporters of former president Laurent Gbagbo. The violence stemmed from Gbagbo's refusal to cede power to Ouattara after he lost the November 2010 election and subsequently dissolved the country's parliament, citing the possibility of voter fraud. Both HRW and the UN continue to report extrajudicial killings by president Outtara. Gbagbo is currently facing trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC) for murder, persecution, inhumane acts, and rape.

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