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National Stakeholder Roundtable in Côte d’Ivoire: Reflections on How to Advance the Transitional Justice Process
Freedom House in partnership with Search for Common Ground hosted a roundtable in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire June 2-3 on transitional justice, security sector reform, social cohesion and reconciliation. The event was an opportunity for a wide swath of Ivoirian actors from civil society, the Commission on Dialogue, Truth and Reconciliation, victim’s associations and other government institutions involved in these interrelated areas to strengthen their dialogue and identify opportunities for enhanced coordination and synergies. Since the end of the 2010 post-electoral crisis, the government of Côte d’Ivoire has established a series of bodies and mechanisms tasked with transitional justice mechanisms, security sector reform, social cohesion and reconciliation.
Prime Minister Daniel Kablan Duncan opened the roundtable with opening remarks, stating in no uncertain terms that the current Ouattara administration is committed to fighting impunity: “for the Government, it is not a question of choosing between peace and justice. This is not to oppose but to associate them to meet the needs of victims and establish transitional justice mechanisms which incorporate a societal dimension.” Freedom House’s Project Director in Côte d’Ivoire, Ms. Sabina Vigani, extended her deep gratitude to all the attendees for their dedication to engage in meaningful dialogue. Ms. Vigani emphasized that “in order to succeed in moving the transitional justice process forward in Côte d’Ivoire with the goal of achieving a durable peace, all stakeholders, both from the government and civil society must come together to engage in open and frank dialogue, ensure better coordination, and develop a shared vision for the future of Côte d’Ivoire.”
Côte d’Ivoire is rated “Partly Free” in Freedom House’s Freedom in the World 2014 and Freedom of the Press 2014.
Read the remarks delivered by Prime Minister Duncan.
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