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UN Human Rights Office finds more dead in Cote d'Ivoire

04-09-2011 08:03 BJT

UNITED NATIONS, April 8 (Xinhua) -- The UN Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights (OHCHR) has found more bodies in the western region of Cote d'Ivoire, UN spokesman Martin Nesirky told reporters here Friday.

"On Cote d'Ivoire, the Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights said that the human rights team investigating reports of killings and other violations of human rights in the west of the country has found more than 100 bodies over the past 24 hours in three different towns," said Nesirky.

The investigative team traveled to Duekoue where there have been reports of systematic violence against civilians that occurred when president-elect Alassane Ouattara's forces took over the town in late March.

"In Duekoue they saw 15 bodies in addition to the 229 already found and buried, bringing the total number to 244 confirmed to have been killed during the incident on the 28th and 29th of March, " Nesirky said of the OHCHR officials.

The human rights team also found around 40 corpses in Blolequin, and more than 60 corpses in Guiglo, Nesirky said.

He said that OHCHR has spoken with representatives of both parties to the conflict in Cote d'Ivoire -- supporters of Ouattara and supporters of former president Laurent Gbagbo.

"The assistant secretary-general for human rights, Ivan Simonovic, met yesterday with President Ouattara and two of his ministers and discussed at length the issue of the killing of civilians," said Nesirky, adding that Simonovic also spoke by telephone with a senior aid of Gbagbo.

The current crisis in Cote d'Ivoire began when Gbagbo refused to step down as president after a November 2010 run-off presidential election in the West African country. Ouattara was the UN-certified winner of the elections, but Gbagbo's forces have prevented his government from taking over, leading to violent clashes.

 

 

Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: Xinhua

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