Côte d’Ivoire to Place Former First Lady on Trial
In response to the announcement that Simone Gbagbo—the former first lady of Côte d’Ivoire, who has been charged by the International Criminal Court with crimes against humanity allegedly committed during post-election violence in 2010-2011 – will appear before an Ivoirian court on October 22, 2014, Freedom House issued the following statement:
“In light of the Ivoirian decision to bring Simone Gbagbo before an national court, Freedom House encourages all parties to engage in open proceedings that meet the highest procedural standards,” said Maïté Hostetter, program officer for West Africa. “We encourage the Ivoirian justice system to prove it can ensure a fair trial in light of its refusal to hand Ms. Gbagbo to the ICC. An open, impartial trial is key to reinstating an impartial justice system.”
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