6 April 2012

Cote d'Ivoire: Minister Says Human Rights Situation Has Improved Nationwide

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Laurent Gbagbo supporters in Europe.

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According to the Ivorian Minister of Human Rights, Mr. Gnenema Coulibaly, substantive improvements have been made in this area over the recent months. Speaking in an interview with Fraternite Matin (pp. 2-3), Mr. Coulibaly said that this achievement stems from actions initiated by the Ivorian government to secure human rights throughout the country.

He recommitted the government to undertaking the necessary reforms in the sector to fight impunity and to supporting the actions of human rights groups operating in Cote d'Ivoire. According to Mr. Coulibaly, though a lot of challenges remain, there are reasonable arguments to be upbeat.

This assessment is however rejected by Notre Voie (p. 2) which noted that former President Laurent Gbagbo's aides arrested in the wake of his capture are being denied basic rights. According to the daily, the political inmates, detained in makeshift prisons in the northern part of the country with undocumented charges, are living in inhumane conditions.

In a related development, the paper (p. 2) noted that at least six people close to the Ivorian leader are being targeted by a recent decision by the International Criminal Court (ICC), which is probing crimes committed during the 2002 armed rebellion. These individuals, including former Premier Guillaume Soro and warlord Cherif Ousmane are accused of human rights abuses, the paper said.

This daily press review is compiled by the Information Section of the Public Affairs Office of the American Embassy in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire. The opinions expressed in these reviews in no way reflect the views of the United States Government and are presented for informational purposes only. The accuracy of reports contained in this summary has not been confirmed by the Embassy.

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