UN focuses on human rights abuses in Ivory Coast

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
January 3, 2011 02:42




ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast — The United Nations on Monday said it will do everything it can to locate areas where human rights abuses have allegedly occurred in Ivory Coast following disputed presidential elections.

Human rights groups have alleged that security forces loyal to incumbent Laurent Gbagbo, who refuses to cede power, have been abducting political opponents in recent weeks. The UN also believes up to 80 bodies may have been moved to a building nestled among shacks in a pro-Gbagbo neighborhood.

The UN has said the volatile West African nation once divided in two faces a real risk of return to civil war, but a top ally of Alassane Ouattara, the man widely recognized as Ivory Coast's president, said this war has already begun.

"In any country that records more than 200 dead in five days, as the UN has certified, it's war. When a country experiences a massive population flight of the population — more than 20,000 Ivorians who leave their country to seek refuge in a country like Liberia — it's war," Ouattara's Prime Minister, Guillaume Soro, told The Associated Press.


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