20 detainees released in Côte d’Ivoire after UN human rights officers intervene

Twenty people arrested by the Forces Nouvelles armed opposition in Côte d’Ivoire, on charges of spying or being disloyal to the movement, have been released after human rights officers from the United Nations mission in the West African country met the military leader of the Force, UN officials said today.

Security Council urges Côte d’Ivoire to help humanitarian groups to return

The United Nations Security Council today urged Ivorian officials to help humanitarian groups return to the troubled West African nation since recent political unrest prompted many to leave.

UN mission in Côte d’Ivoire investigating letter that warns of attacks

Human rights officials from the United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) today began investigating the circulation of an anonymous letter that warns of attacks on villages in the so-called Zone of Confidence separating Government and rebel forces as well as other areas in this volatile West African nation.

UN official shocked at extent of anti-humanitarian destruction in western Côte d’Ivoire

United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator Jan Egeland said today he was profoundly shocked at the extent of the destruction that occurred at UN and other humanitarian offices during violent protests last month in the western town of Guiglo, Côte d’Ivoire, and was concerned that some assistance programmes for 3.5 million people had to be suspended.

Côte d’Ivoire: UN election official says preparations for poll delayed

With divided Côte d’Ivoire facing an election deadline of next October, the United Nations High Representative for the poll said today that the Ivorian electoral commission could not begin its work by tomorrow, as scheduled, because of a dispute over its makeup.

Humanitarian workers must be protected in Côte d’Ivoire, says UN relief coordinator

Underlining the principles and laws governing humanitarian work after the burning and looting of United Nations and partner offices in Côte d’Ivoire, Emergency Relief Coordinator Jan Egeland said today the Government has pledged to prevent further attacks.

Top UN relief official to visit Côte d’Ivoire following January disturbances

Following the burning and looting of humanitarian offices in western Côte d’Ivoire, the top United Nations relief official will visit the country to stress the need for all parties there to respect humanitarian laws, principles and workers, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today.

Annan asks Côte d’Ivoire authorities to reimburse UN for riot damage

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has sent the Government of President Laurent Gbagbo of Côte d’Ivoire a bill for damage to UN offices during political unrest in the West African country last month after a UN-authorized group recommended the effective disbanding of the National Assembly, whose mandate had expired.

Côte d’Ivoire: UN resumes food distribution in town recovering from violence

United Nations agencies and their non-governmental organization (NGO) partners have resumed food distribution in the western Ivorian city of Guiglo, where demonstrations turned violent last month, officials with the world body said today.

Security Council imposes sanctions on three Ivorians

The United Nations Security Council today imposed 12-month sanctions and travel bans against three alleged leaders of attacks on UN personnel and property in Côte d’Ivoire deemed to constitute a threat to the peace and national reconciliation in the divided West African country.