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Cote d'Ivoire: Displacement continues due to ongoing insecurity

Publisher Norwegian Refugee Council/Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (NRC/IDMC)
Publication Date 29 July 2011
Cite as Norwegian Refugee Council/Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (NRC/IDMC), Cote d'Ivoire: Displacement continues due to ongoing insecurity, 29 July 2011, available at: [accessed 29 May 2016]
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While thousands of IDPs are returning to their places of origin, severe human rights violations prevent many from doing so, especially to the west of the country and to Abidjan. Ethnically targeted killings and attacks by government security forces and militia groups are leaving internally displaced people (IDPs) stranded in temporary camps, according to Amnesty International. Human rights violations have been investigated by the UN Human Rights Council and by a commission of inquiry established on the 20 July 2011 by President Ouattara. Analysts and rights groups have underlined the need for impartiality in justice and national reconciliation systems.

"Law and order must return to Ivory Coast," said UN special envoy to Ivory Coast Y.J. Choi. The country's UN Operation (ONUCI) recently established 8 new military camps in the West and the Security Council prolonged the ONUCI mandate to 31 July 2012.

However, material support to rebuild their lives is as important for Ivorians as the promotion of reconciliation and the maintenance of security. The revised version of the Emergency Humanitarian Plan (EHAP) has identified community reconciliation as well as the rehabilitation of basic services as a prerequisite to avoid a new crisis. In July, the EU adopted programmes worth 125 million EUR to promote economic recovery and national reconciliation in the country.

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