UN Says Ivorian Forces Executed 26 People in Past Month

Posted August 11th, 2011 at 6:55 pm (UTC-5)
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The United Nations says armed forces in Ivory Coast have carried out 26 extrajudicial killings in the past month.

The rights representative for the United Nations' mission in Ivory Coast, Guillaume Ngefa, said Thursday his office has documented more than 100 human rights violations in the county between mid-July and mid-August. He said those included 85 illegal arrests.

Ngefa said there is also concern about clashes between forces who support President Alassane Ouattara and youths in villages around Abidjan.

The violence took place months after the country's post-election conflict was supposed to have ended.

Pro-Ouattara fighters and supporters of former president Laurent Gbagbo engaged in a violent four-month power struggle that ended with Mr. Gbagbo's capture in April.

The fighting began after Mr. Gbagbo lost a November presidential poll but refused to give up power.

U.N. human rights investigators say they have evidence that both sides may have committed war crimes and human

rights abuses during the conflict.