UN rights council sets up probe into Ivory Coast violence

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The UN Human Rights Council on Friday set up an international probe into growing violence in Ivory Coast amid fears about serious abuse and inflammatory rhetoric in the country's post election crisis.

The 47-member council approved a resolution proposed by Nigeria on behalf of African countries recognising the election of Alassane Ouattara as president, condemning "atrocities" and expressing concern about "the seriousness and extent" of abuse.

It "decides to dispatch an independent international commission of inquiry... to investigate the facts and circumstances surrounding the allegations of serious abuses and violations of human rights committed in Ivory Coast following the presidential election of 28 November 2010," according to the text.

The resolution was endorsed without a vote, signalling unanimous support.

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