UNITED NATIONS, Jan 25 Reuters – Armed forces in Ivory Coast who back incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo have conducted a campaign of violence that has included execution, kidnapping, torture and rape, Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday.
“The international community must do all it can to protect civilians and increase pressure on Gbagbo and his allies to end this organized campaign of violence,” said Daniel Bekele, Africa director at Human Rights Watch, which monitors rights violations globally.
More on the crisis in Ivory Coast from IRIN:
ABIDJAN, 26 January 2011 (IRIN) – An increasingly belligerent and deeply partisan political rhetoric has come to dominate Côte d’Ivoire since the country’s post-electoral crisis, leaving little room for voices of moderation.
With Laurent Gbagbo drawing much of his support from the largely Christian south and Alassane Ouattara strongly associated with the predominantly Muslim north, the polarization has also taken on a religious dimension.