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Amnesty says Ivorian refugees fear return after abuses

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Amnesty says Ivorian refugees fear return after abuses


More than half a million people remain displaced by Ivory Coast’s violent post-election conflict, according to Amnesty International.

The human rights group also accuses forces loyal to President Alassane Ouattara of killings and other abuses. In response, Ouattara has established an inquiry, giving it six months to reach conclusions.

“I’d like to say strongly that we want the rule of law in Cote d’Ivoire. We want to protect citizens, all the people. We want to abide by human rights,” said Ouattara.

Amnesty says some 670,000 Ivorians remained displaced in neighbouring countries at the end of June.

Although security has dramatically improved, adds Amnesty, a climate of fear of reprisals prevails because militia loyal to Ouattara have not been disbanded and are continuing to intimidate supporters of Ouattara’s rival, the former president Laurent Gbagbo.

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