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The violence that followed the disputed presidential election in november 2010 has caused the most serious humanitarian and human rights crisis in côte d’ivoire in recent years. hundreds of people have been unlawfully killed, often only on the grounds of their ethnicity or presumed political affiliation. sexual violence, including rape, was reported, and hundreds of thousands of people were forced to seek refuge in other regions of côte d’ivoire or in neighbouring countries, especially liberia.
Thousands of people remain displaced after fleeing the wave of human rights violations and abuses, which continued to be committed by both sides after the arrest of former president Laurent Gbagbo. dozens were killed by pro-Gbagbo militiamen. at the same time, ethnic groups considered to be Gbagbo’s supporters have received little or no protection from either the new security forces created by president alassane ouattara, or the peacekeeping forces of the United Nations operation in Côte d’Ivoire (Unoci).
This report is based on research carried out in the city of abidjan and in the west of the country between January and April 2011. The conclusions show that all parties to the conflict have committed crimes under international law, including war crimes and crimes against humanity.