The United Nations peacekeeping operation in Côte d’Ivoire expressed outrage today after armed forces allied to the defeated president Laurent Gbagbo shelled a market in a neighbourhood of the commercial capital, Abidjan, killing 25 to 30 people and wounding dozens more.
Promoting and upholding human rights before, during and after an electoral process is critical to whether or not that election is ultimately a success, a senior United Nations human rights official said today.
The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Côte d’Ivoire today strongly condemned the increasing violence that is affecting many parts of the country, calling for an immediate end to the strife that is hampering efforts to resolve the ongoing political crisis.
Insecurity and the resulting limited humanitarian access in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire’s largest city are compounding United Nations efforts to aid some of the 300,000 people displaced by fighting stemming from defeated president Laurent Gbagbo’s refusal to leave office.
The top United Nations official in Côte d’Ivoire has said he sees “promising signs” pointing to “the beginning of the end” of the crisis stemming from former president Laurent Gbagbo’s refusal to leave office despite his UN-certified defeat by opposition leader Alassane Ouattara.
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today it will scale up efforts to provide food aid to the increasing number of people fleeing from escalating post-election violence in Côte d’Ivoire, amid concerns that the international community has not given adequate attention to the humanitarian crisis sparked by the fighting.
A top United Nations official warned today that human rights violations, including rapes, abductions and killings, are escalating amid the ongoing post-electoral crisis in Côte d’Ivoire, with at least 27 people killed in just the past week.
The United Nation refugee agency today appealed to rival groups in Côte d’Ivoire to support efforts to deliver urgently needed humanitarian aid to those affected by the post-election turmoil and avoid putting civilians at risk.
The United Nations refugee agency today warned that access for humanitarian organizations striving to continue to assist people affected the political unrest in Côte d’Ivoire’s commercial capital, Abidjan, and other parts of the country is shrinking rapidly amid worsening insecurity.