UN says at least 173 killed in Ivory Coast

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
December 23, 2010 17:05

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast  — The United Nations said Thursday that at least 173 people have been killed and dozens of others have gone missing or been tortured following Ivory Coast's disputed presidential election, which has prompted fears of a return to civil war.

UN deputy human rights commissioner Kyung-wha Kang told diplomats at a special session on Ivory Coast in Geneva that at least 471 arrests and detentions were substantiated between Dec. 16 and 21.

She said restrictions imposed on UN personnel in the West African nation have made it "impossible" to investigate all the allegations about serious human rights violations — including reports of mass graves. At least 90 people have been tortured or treated inhumanely, and there have been 24 cases of disappearances.


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