Ivory Coast Crisis Intensifies as Anti-Gbagbo Forces Surround Presidential Palace

(democracynow.org) Ivory Coast leader Laurent Gbagbo is battling to remain in power as rival Alassane Ouattara’s forces surround the main city of Abidjan. Much of the fighting is concentrated around Gbagbo’s heavily fortified presidential palace. Ouattara’s forces are estimated to control as much as 80 percent of the Ivory Coast. We speak to Corinne Dufka, senior researcher in the Africa Division of Human Rights Watch, and Ivory Coast political analyst Gnaka Lagoke of AfricanDiplomacy.com. Watch report here: http://www.democracynow.org/2011/4/1/ivory_coast_crisis_intensifies_as_anti

  1. Ivory Coast Massacre: Charity Claims More Than 1,000 Killed In Duekoue


    OHANNESBURG — More than 1,000 civilians have been killed in a western Ivory Coast town, a Catholic charity said Saturday, adding that the mass killings happened in an area under the control of forces fighting to install the country’s internationally recognized president.

    The U.N. military spokesman said he had no information about mass killings in Duekoue, though he confirmed there are nearly 1,000 peacekeepers based there…

  2. Côte d’Ivoire: Ouattara Should Act to Control Troops


    (Dakar) – Alassane Ouattara should take concrete measures to ensure that troops under his command fighting in Côte d’Ivoire’s commercial capital, Abidjan, do not commit reprisals or other abuses against civilians or supporters of Laurent Gbagbo, Human Rights Watch said today. Ouattara should publicly pledge to hold accountable all members of his forces implicated in serious violations of international law, Human Rights Watch said…

  3. Iam saddened by what is happening. Ghagbo should have left from November. Human rights violations must be investigated and those guilty must be brought to justice.

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