Côte d'Ivoire

Daily brief on Côte d'Ivoire for Tuesday 24 Apr 2007

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Highlights

- Patrols to be increased in the ZOC

- UNOCI peacekeepers meet their UNMIL colleagues

- Human Rights awareness session for traditional hunters

Observation Posts

UNOCI military is continuing to scout out new camps for the 15 new Observation Posts that will make-up the Green Line in Sector East. The UNOCI SEHQ Military Legal Officer will be clearing all new camps and creating clear documentation before they are inhabited. The Regional Adminsitrative Officer has recommended that new camps be established on virgin, state-owned land and specifically not in civic buildings.

It was reported this morning by Licorne that some road pirates were operating out of Kouassi-Kouassikro (ZOC SE). The Chief of Staff of UNOCI Sector East Military Headquarters, Colonel Adossou called on all UNMO's, Battalions and UNPOLs to stepup the number of patrols that they are undertaking in the ZOC in order to be sure that security is maintained in the Zone.

UNOCI/UNMIL meeting

On 23 April, UNOCI peacekeepers met with their counterparts from the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) to discuss on cross border activities and issues of common interest. The meeting was held at Logouato camp with the participation of representatives of BANBAT-3 along with UNOCI Military Observers based in Danane and UNPOL elements.

Security

Military Observers and UNPOL based in Seguela met the Office of Zone Commander of the town to investigate alleged firing incident reported by a newspaper.

The Chief of Cabinet of the Commander denied any such incident and an UNOCI patrol also verified that there was no displaced persons from Seguela towards Vavoua and Daloa as stated by the same paper.

An 18 wheel over-charged truck carrying cotton from the north of Côte d'Ivoire to Abidjan capsized on the main road in Bouaké yesterday. The road was not completely blocked, but it did become a narrow passage, which disturbed the circulation on the main North - South route. UNOCI MORBAT and PAK ENG shifted into action and worked into the night to right the truck. It is now back on its wheels, but immobile, and the main axis South - North is a little more open.

Human Rights

On 21 April, the Regional Human Rights Office in Odienné organized a human rights awareness session for 92 members of the Confrérie dozo (traditional hunters) of the village of Kimbrela North, located 102 km north of Odienné. The session which covered the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the African Charter of Human and Peoples Rights was aimed at improving the knowledge of the dozo in the field of human rights so as to enhance their role in the promotion and protection of human rights in the village. It should be noted that two out of three male inhabitants of the village are members of the Confrérie dozo. Mr. Diarrassouba Mory, the supreme chief of all the dozo in the region of Denguélé, appealed to the dozo to support the human rights protection cell created in the village on 15 April by the Office and the Regional Administration of National Education.