Côte d'Ivoire

UNICEF demands respect for human rights in Côte d'Ivoire

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Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) - Concerned about atrocities reported since the insurrection began last September in Côte d'Ivoire, UNICEF is freshly urging all parties involved in the crisis to immediately stop violence against children.
In a communiqué issued here Thursday, the regional director for West and Central Africa, Rima Salah, emphasised that "all persons residing in Côte d'Ivoire should be able to live in peace and enjoy the same rights."

"The new forms of violence and concomitant impunity have led to acute ... insecurity. All children should have access to education, health and especially protection wherever they are," Salah pointed out.

Furthermore, she urged all the parties involved in the Ivorian crisis to guarantee "access to basic services everywhere in the country and security for the staff involved in humanitarian services."

In order to respond to the needs of children affected by the crisis, Salah explained that UNICEF has already mobilised its staff in the West African region to provide humanitarian assistance to populations residing in accessible areas.

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