Category Archives: Cote D’Ivoire

Pirates seize French tanker, 17 crew off Ivory Coast

Suspected Nigerian pirates have hijacked a French-owned Luxembourg-flagged tanker along with its 17-member crew off Ivory Coast, Ivorian officials and the International Maritime Bureau said on Monday. The Gulf of Guinea area is second only to the waters off Somalia for piracy and there has been a spate of violent attacks in vessels in recent days, prompting the bureau to issue a security alert for the region. The Gascogne was the second vessel to be seized off Ivory Coast in less than three weeks and the first to have been taken so far from shore. Many of the pirate gangs are offshoots of militant groups that once operated in Nigeria’s … Continue reading

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Ghana extradites Ivory Coast Gbagbo ally

Ivory Coast’s former youth minister and ally of former President Laurent Gbagbo, Charles Ble Goude, has been extradited from Ghana, officials say. Mr Ble Goude denies leading pro-Gbagbo militias who attacked foreigners and northerners during the unrest which followed disputed elections in 2010. He has been in hiding since April 2011, when Mr Gbagbo was arrested. The former president is now awaiting trial at The Hague on charges of crimes against humanity. Goude was head of Young Patriots(COJEP), a focal point of young supporters of Gbagbo. Some 3,000 people lost their lives in the four-month crisis after Mr Gbagbo refused to accept defeat. Several Gbagbo allies have gone into exile … Continue reading

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Ivorian PM says sooner the better for Mali mission

West African states must deploy a military force in north Mali quickly or it will become increasingly difficult and costly to oust Islamist groups there, Ivory Coast Prime Minister Daniel Kablan Duncan said in an interview. Duncan, a former foreign minister, said that calls from Washington and elsewhere for a delay in introducing a force of 3,300 African troops were misguided as this would increase the risk of militant attacks in West Africa and beyond. The U.N. Security Council tasked West African states in October with preparing a plan for military intervention to wrest control of north Mali from Islamist groups, which seized control of the vast desert region following … Continue reading

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United Nations peace keepers killed in Ivory Coast

Seven United Nations peacekeepers were killed in an ambush in Ivory Coast on Friday while on patrol near the border with neighbouring Liberia, the world body said. It was not immediately clear who attacked the U.N. troops or if any Ivorian troops they were patrolling with were harmed. The United Nations said the mission had only recently increased its presence in the area, near the towns of Para and Tai, to boost efforts to protect civilians. The troops came under attack just a few kilometres from the border with Liberia. “According to the provisional death toll, seven blue helmets were killed in an ambush … seven blue helmets from Niger,” … Continue reading

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ICG warns situation in Cote d’Ivoire is still volatile

By Staff Writer Despite a marked improvement in economic governance and the holding of legislative elections in good security conditions last Sunday, divisions within Cote d’Ivoire’s security forces carry a risk of violent confrontation while the victor’s justice targeting only followers of former President Laurent Gbagbo, hampers reconciliation. This is the view held by the International Crisis Group (ICG) in its latest briefing on the situation in Cote d’Ivoire. The ICG is warning that Cote d’Ivoire remains deeply divided and faces serious threats. It says that the weakness and imbalance of the security apparatus and the two-tiered justice system are reinforcing the convictions of extremists and are the two main … Continue reading

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Laurent Gbagbo transfered to The Hague

Former Cote d’Ivoire President Laurent Gbagbo has been flown to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague after he was issued with an arrest warrant by the ICC. Gbagbo who refused to stand down as president after he lost the general election early this year has been under house arrest in Korhogo since April when he was ousted. A special flight arranged by the ISS flew him out of the country and later was seen arriving at Rotterdam Airport. He was later swiftly transported to The Hague where he will be later arraigned for crimes against humanity. The ICC has been investigating alleged war crimes committed in unrest after … Continue reading

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Human Rights body calls for fair credible justice for crimes committed in Cote D’Ivoire

The Ivorian government should swiftly carry out the main recommendations of a new United Nations report and ensure fair, credible justice for grave crimes committed after the 2010 presidential elections, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said today. The UN Commission of Inquiry report was presented before the UN Human Rights Council on June 15, 2011. The commission, established by the HRW in late March, looked into the six months of violence that followed former President Laurent Gbagbo’s refusal to step down after President Alassane Ouattara won the November 28 runoff vote. The commission documented serious violations of international law – including potential war crimes and crimes against humanity – by armed … Continue reading

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