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Charges Against Former Rebels in Cote d’Ivoire a Step Forward
In response to Côte d’Ivoire bringing war crime charges against former pro-Ouattara rebels implicated in the 2010-2011 violence that claimed over 3,000 lives, Freedom House issued the following statement:
"The charges brought against these former pro-Ouattara rebels shows that Côte d’Ivoire is actively working to hold accountable the individuals responsible for gross human rights violations accountable,” said Vukasin Petrovic, director of Africa programs. "It also shows Ivoirian citizens and the international community that the government is -- at long last -- pursuing aggressors from all sides of the conflict, after years of one-sided prosecutions of those loyal to former President Gbagbo. In light of the upcoming elections, we encourage the administration to prosecute individuals of all political tendencies implicated in the past conflict.”
Freedom House is an independent watchdog organization that supports democratic change, monitors the status of freedom around the world, and advocates for democracy and human rights.