News / Africa

Gbagbo Supporters Reported at Risk of Reprisals

UN peacekeeper in Ivory Coast
UN peacekeeper in Ivory Coast

Multimedia

Audio
TEXT SIZE - +
Joe DeCapua

A human rights group says supporters of former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo are at risk of violent reprisals. Amnesty International is calling on Ivoirians to abstain from all forms of violence.

“We have been receiving in the last few days very worrying reports about reprisal attacks against perceived or real supporters of Laurent Gbagbo, both in Abidjan and in the west of the country,” said Salvatore Sagues, Amnesty’s researcher on Ivory Coast.

Alleged attacks

“Yesterday, in Abidjan, we have heard about people wearing military uniforms conducting house-to-house searches in neighborhoods where people loyal to Laurent Gbagbo are living,” he said.

The alleged incidents occurred in Yopougon and Koumassi neighborhoods, among others.

Sagues said, “In one case, a policeman was taken out of his house and killed at point blank range in front of the population.”

Amnesty said it is also receiving reports of violence against civilians in the west.

“We learned, for example, in the village called Zikisso last Sunday, people loyal to Alassane Ouattara attacked the village and the village chief was abducted yesterday and is reportedly held in another town,” he said.

Amnesty has also reported attacks against civilians in Duekoue, where 27,000 people have sought shelter at a Catholic mission.

“They are very afraid to return home because they’re afraid of reprisals,” he said.

Aid agencies are registering those at the mission, but Amnesty said that hasn’t stopped the harassment.

“We have two delegates there. Effectively, the people have been registered, but the sanitation conditions are very poor. For example, there is only one well and water is running out now. So there are long queues of people trying to fetch some water. And it is urgent that these people get another shelter where they can live in a much more comfortable way,” Sagues said.

He said the civilians must be reassured they will be protected by U.N. forces and added that UNOCI [the U.N. Operations in Ivory Coast] has a Security Council mandate to do so.

Ouattara calls for calm

President Ouattara has called on all Ivoirians to abstain from violence.

“We welcome the call of President Ouattara, but what we see on the ground is that these orders are not being obeyed. So we are again calling [on] President Ouattara to reassert that the people will be protected. That his forces who may be responsible for abuses will be tried and punished,” said Sagues.

Amnesty has also harshly criticized supporters of Mr. Gbagbo over recent months.

“Now, effectively with the arrest of Laurent Gbagbo, of course, the supporters of…Gbagbo are in a less powerful situation. But we are asking for people loyal to…Gbagbo who have committed very serious violations in the past also to be tried and prosecuted,” he said.

Amnesty said Mr. Gbagbo and his family should be treated according to due process of law.

You May Like

Algerians Vote in Presidential Election

There were few media reports of protests and clashes around the country, but so far no significant violence More

Sharks More Evolved than Previously Thought

The discovery could “profoundly affect our understanding of evolutionary history” More

Pakistan Military Asked to Protect Polio Workers

Request comes as authorities say a Taliban ban on vaccinations in 2012 and deadly attacks on anti-polio teams have prevented thousands of children from getting inoculated More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Google Buys Drone Companyi
|| 0:00:00
...
 
🔇
X
George Putic
April 15, 2014
In its latest purchase of high-tech companies, Google has acquired a manufacturer of solar-powered drones that can stay in the air almost indefinitely, relaying broadband Internet connection to remote areas. It is seen as yet another step in the U.S. based Web giant’s bid to bring Internet to the whole world. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Google Buys Drone Company

In its latest purchase of high-tech companies, Google has acquired a manufacturer of solar-powered drones that can stay in the air almost indefinitely, relaying broadband Internet connection to remote areas. It is seen as yet another step in the U.S. based Web giant’s bid to bring Internet to the whole world. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Ray Bonneville Sings the Blues and More on New CD

Singer/songwriter Ray Bonneville has released a new CD called “Easy Gone” with music that reflects his musical and personal journey from French-speaking Canada to his current home in Austin,Texas. The eclectic artist’s fan base extends from Texas to various parts of North America and Europe. VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from Austin.
Video

Video Millions Labor in Pakistan's Informal Economy

The World Bank says that in Pakistan, roughly 70 percent work in the so-called informal sector, a part of the economy that is unregulated and untaxed. VOA's Sharon Behn reports from Islamabad on how the informal sector impact's the Pakistani economy.
Video

Video Passover Celebrates Liberation from Bondage

Jewish people around the world are celebrating Passover, a commemoration of their liberation from slavery in Egypt more than 3,300 years ago. According to scripture, God helped the Jews, led by Moses, escape bondage in Egypt and cross the Red Sea into the desert. Zlatica Hoke reports that the story of the Jewish Exodus resonates with other people trying to escape slave-like conditions.
Video

Video Police Pursue Hate Crime Charges Against Kansas Shooting Suspect

Prosecutors are sifting through the evidence in the wake of Sunday’s shootings in a suburb of Kansas City, Missouri that left three people dead. A suspect in the shootings taken into custody is a white supremacist. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, he was well-known to law enforcement agencies and human rights groups alike.
Video

Video In Eastern Ukraine, Pro-unity Activists Emerge from Shadows

Amid the pro-Russian uprisings in eastern Ukraine, there is a large body of activists who support Ukrainian unity and reject Russian intervention. Their activities have remained largely underground, but they are preparing to take on their pro-Moscow opponents, as Henry Ridgwell reports from the eastern city of Donetsk.
Video

Video Basket Maker’s Skills Have World Reach

A prestigious craft show in the U.S. capital offers one-of-a-kind creations by more than 120 artists working in a variety of media. As VOA’s Julie Taboh reports from Washington, one artist lucky enough to be selected says sharing her skills with women overseas is just as significant.
Video

Video UN Report Urges Speedier Action to Avoid Climate Disaster

A new United Nations report says the world must switch from fossil fuels to cleaner energy sources to control the effects of climate change. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released the report (Sunday) following a meeting of scientists and government representatives in Berlin. The comprehensive review follows two recent IPCC reports that detail the certainty of climate change, its impacts and in this most recent report what to do about it. VOA’s Rosanne Skirble has the details.
AppleAndroid