Cote d'Ivoire: 2011 Electoral Crisis Report Released
A prominent picture on the front page of Fraternite Matin shows the chairperson of the commission of inquiry, Mrs. Paulette Badjo presenting the final report on crimes committed during the 2011 post-electoral crisis to President Ouattara while Prime Minister Ahoussou Kouadio looks on. Figures contained in this report make readers "shed tears," says a prominent headline in this paper which quotes (p. 4) President Ouattara as saying, "all those who committed reprehensible acts will be held accountable."
Speaking on crimes that were committed during the wave of violence that swept across Cote d'Ivoire during the crisis, the report mentions "summary executions, abductions, rape, torture, looting, massive and arbitrary arrest of women and children based on either their political or ethnic affiliation." According to the chairperson of the commission, "more than 2,000 people were summarily executed," reports the paper. The paper also quotes Mrs. Badjo who blames "soldiers, gendarmes, police personnel, members of self-defense groups and traditional hunters also known as Dozos" for these crimes.
The report is also the subject of a front-page headline in L'Intelligent d'Abidjan which informs readers that "1,452 people were killed by supporters of former president Laurent Gbagbo, while 700 people were killed by the government's FRCI forces." Another front-page headline in Le Nouveau Reveil says that "more than 1,000 people were summarily executed by the former defense and security forces, 500 by the FRCI and 200 by the Dozos." A report in Le Patriote (p. 7) says that the commission of inquiry has blamed "former defense and security forces, mercenaries loyal to Gbagbo, FRCI and Dozos" for crimes that were committed during the 2011 post-electoral violence in Cote d'Ivoire. Nord-Sud Quotidien (p. 3) carries a similar a headline with a comment reading, "Everybody is guilty."
In the wake of the publication of the report, Le Nouveau Courrier calls the government's commitment to fight impunity "a joke" saying that figures released yesterday by the commission of inquiry were nothing but "a pure lie." The paper (p. 5) believes that the commission has conducted its investigations in "a little transparent" manner and that its conclusions "lack clarity." The article also suggests that the commission's objective was "to demonize" former Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo.
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