Death toll from post-electoral violence in Côte d’Ivoire rising, UN reports

The death toll from the post-electoral violence that has gripped Côte d’Ivoire continues to rise, the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the West African nation reported today, while warning that systematic attacks on civilians could constitute crimes against humanity.

UN allocates funds for humanitarian emergency in Cote d’Ivoire

The United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) today allocated $10.4 million to seven agencies working in Cote d’Ivoire to help meet the urgent humanitarian needs of people affected by the post-election violence that has displaced hundreds of thousands of people.

Thousands flee Abidjan as violence intensifies in Côte d’Ivoire – UN

Thousands of residents of Côte d’Ivoire’s commercial capital, Abidjan, have been flocking to bus stations seeking transport out of the city fearing that an all-out war is in the offing after an escalation of violence, the United Nations refugee agency reported today.

Security Council voices outrage at deadly shelling of Ivorian market

The Security Council has expressed its indignation at the deadly shelling of a market in Côte d’Ivoire’s commercial capital and warned that it will punish anyone who obstructs the resolution of the country’s prolonged post-election crisis.

UN warns deadly shelling of Ivorian market may be crime against humanity

United Nations officials today intensified their condemnation of an attack yesterday by forces allied to Côte d’Ivoire’s defeated president on a market that killed 25 to 30 people and wounded dozens more, with the Organization’s human rights office warning that it could be a crime against humanity.

Pro-Gbagbo forces shell market in Côte d’Ivoire, killing at least 25 – UN

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.

Human rights key to successful elections, says UN official in West Africa

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.

Rising violence jeopardizing efforts to resolve Ivorian political crisis – UN

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.

New fighting hampers UN efforts to aid thousands displaced in Côte d’Ivoire

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.

Togolese general selected as force commander of UN mission in Côte d’Ivoire

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of an experienced Togolese military officer as the new Force Commander for the United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI).