Côte d’Ivoire: Continue cooperation with UN human rights expert

25.06.2014

Côte d''Ivoire is making positive progress in the promotion and protection of human rights and should continue to cooperate with a UN human rights expert appointed to assist the country in this regard, ISHR said today.

(Geneva) - Côte d'Ivoire is making positive progress in the promotion and protection of human rights and should continue to cooperate with a UN human rights expert appointed to assist the country in this regard, ISHR said today.

In a joint statement, ISHR, the Coalition of Human Rights Defenders of Côte d'Ivoire and the Côte d'Ivoire Coalition on the International Criminal Court, congratulated the independent expert, Doudou Diène, for his work in the mandate since 2011.

'Since the establishment of this country mandate a lot of progress has been made,' said Ali Ouattara, Chairperson of the Côte d'Ivoire Coalition on the International Criminal Court.

'Positive developments include the establishment of a Permanent Consultative Framework between the government and the opposition, the renewal of the Special Investigation Unit and the Commission on Dialogue, Truth and Reconciliation, the partial lifting of the arms embargo, the release of certain prisoners and their assets, and the establishment of a new National Commission of Human Rights in accordance with the Paris Principles,' Mr Ouattara said.

ISHR and its Côte d''Ivoire partners drew particular attention to the 'recent adoption of a law on the protection of human rights defenders', calling for the law to be implemented fully and promptly, and also expressing hope that it will inspire other African countries to enact similar laws.

Despite this progress and the improvement in the socio-political situation, however, many challenges remain. 

'A year and a half before the next elections in 2015, when tensions are highest and reconciliation has only started taking shape, the security situation remains fragile,' said Mr Ouattara. 'For this reason the mandate of the Independent Expert should be renewed and strengthened to further assist the country.'

'We hope that in the process of renewing the mandate of the independent expert, this Council will place a particular emphasis on aspects of the fight against impunity, equitable justice, and support for all victims of the Ivorian crisis,' Mr Ouattara said. 

'It is imperative that all stakeholders work to strengthen the rule of law and the promotion and protection of human rights, continuing progress and safeguarding the gains already made'.

Contact: Clement Voulé, Program and Advocacy Manager (States in Transition), International Service for Human Rights, on c.voule@ishr.ch or + 41 78 867 52 50.

Photo: UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

Category:

Region
  • Africa
Topic
  • Human rights defenders
Mechanism
  • Special Procedures of the UN Human Rights Council
  • UN Human Rights Council
Country
  • Ivory Coast