Côte d'Ivoire

Daily brief on Côte d'Ivoire for Tuesday 17 Apr 2007

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- UN high-level Team visits the West of Cote d'Ivoire

- UNOCI Human Rights Office requests the release of detained children

Political

The UN high-level team today visited Guiglo in the West of the country to assess the situation on the ground. The delegation led by Assistant Secretary-General Hedi Annabi met with the Military Governor of Moyen Cavally and visited a camp of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) at Nicla 1. He told them that the United Nations was doing its best to help them return to their homes and plantations. The representatives of the IDPs expressed their fears following the lifting of the Zone of Confidence and called on the United Nations to provide them with security for a safe return.

The delegation also went to Logouale, Bangolo before visiting Daloa, Headquarters of Sector West of the United Nations Operation in Cote d'Ivoire (UNOCI). They were briefed by Sector West Commander and other Sections Chiefs on efforts being undertaken to facilitate the restoration of peace in Cote d'Ivoire

The visit occurred 24 hours after the launching of the dismantling process of the Zone of Confidence during a ceremony presided over by the Ivorian Head of state, Laurent Gbagbo and attended by Prime Minister Guillaume Soro as well as UNOCI OIC Abou Moussa and Force Commanders of the Impartial Forces, Generals Fernand Amoussou of UNOCI and Antoine Lecerf of Licorne.

Military

BANBAT-3 and Licorne officers met FAFN elements in Man and apprise them of measures being undertaken by the Impartial Forces during the lifting of the Zone of Confidence and establishment of the Integrated Command Center inaugurated yesterday in Yamoussoukro, the political capital of Cote d'Ivoire

Human Rights

On 15 April, the Regional Human Rights Office in Duékoué met with the representatives of the human rights section of the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Man to explore joint activities in the area of human rights, including the reinforcement of village peace committees. During the meeting, local reliable sources informed the Office that on 14 April, a young Burkinabél was arrested and detained by Dozos (traditional hunters) in the village of Bahibly, Sous-Préfecture of Diéouzon for an alleged robbery. He was forced to pay an amount of FCFA 50,000 as a fine. It should be noted that in the region justice is administered informally by the Dozos who often impose fines in settlement of settle disputes.

On 16 April, the Regional Human Rights Office in Bouaké met with the judicial service at the Poste de Commandement Opérationnel (PCO), to discuss the detention of two children aged 11 and 12 arrested for assault in the neighborhood of Belleville in Bouaké by elements of the PCO on 15 April. The Office requested the prompt release of the children in conformity with FN Force Commander's message No 248-06/FAFN/EM of 30 April 2006 addressed to all FN elements, concerning the detention of minors in the zone under the control of the Forces Nouvelles. The Office is following the case with FN elements posted at the PCO.

On 16 April, the Regional Human Rights Office in Bouaké secured the release from the Poste de Commandement Opérationnel (PCO) of two alleged robbers of iron sheets, doors and windows belonging to inhabitants of Konankankro.