UN rights council appoints expert for I.Coast abuses probe

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The UN Human Rights Council agreed Friday to appoint an expert to help Ivory Coast to investigate allegations of rights violations in the country.

The resolution which was adopted by consensus "calls for an immediate end to violence" in the country.

It also appoints an expert to help the Ivory Coast government "in the follow-up to the implementation of the recommendations of the international commission of inquiry".

The inquiry had called on the Ivorian government to carry out "exhaustive, impartial and transparent" investigations into alleged violations in the country.

It also said it had evidence that possible crimes against humanity had been committed by forces loyal to Ivory Coast's ex-president Laurent Gbagbo and followers of his successor Alassane Ouattara.

The Human Rights Council's move came a day after Ouattara's government announced that it would investigate "all the human rights violations committed during the post-electoral crisis".

© 2011 AFP

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