Ivory Coast

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Triumph for West Africa in Gbagbo's Arrest

Author: John Campbell

Gbagbo's arrest in Ivory Coast vindicates the results of the Ivorian elections and sets a positive precedent for other African states, says CFR's John Campbell. However, Alassane Ouattara must deal with hundreds of thousands of displaced persons and determine how to govern a severely divided country.

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Human Rights Watch: The Price of Continuing Impunity in Cote d'Ivoire

The Human Rights Watch reports on the continuing political and military crisis in the Côte d'Ivoire. Currently, the country is split between the government-controlled south and a rebel-held north, with the United Nations controlling the zone in between the two factions. Neither the government, the leaders of the rebel New Forces, nor the international community have made any progress to establish accountability for the myriad international human rights violations against civilians between November 2005 to March 2006. Impunity prevails throughout the Côte d'Ivoire as elections approach this Fall.

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