Killings, Arrests After Cote d'Ivoire Presidential Poll - HRW

Rights group, Human Rights Watch has called on authorities in the country to urgently investigate the deaths of more than 50 people in the political and intercommunal violence that ensured during the October 31, 2020 presidential elections, calling for the prosecution of those responsible. President Alassane Ouattara was re-elected for a third term with a reported 94% of the vote in the controversial election, which the main opposition parties boycotted. The rights group has said that security forces failed to adequately protect civilians and in at least one case, used excessive force to disperse opposition-led protests, killing at least two protesters and beating another unconscious. Since the elections, authorities have arrested a dozen opposition party members who rejected the results.

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Electoral violence in Côte d’Ivoire's capital Abidjan in 2011 (file photo).

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