UN rights panel passes resolution on Ivory Coast atrocities

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The UN Human Rights Council on Thursday passed a resolution strongly condemning abductions and killings in post-election violence in Ivory Coast, and expressing concern about "the atrocities".

The resolution first presented by Nigeria on behalf of African countries was adopted without a vote by the 47-member rights panel, signalling consensus.

The council said it was "deeply concerned about the atrocities and violations of human rights committed in Ivory Coast in relation to the conclusion of the 2010 Presidential Election."

The resolution "strongly condemns human rights violations that have taken place in Ivory Coast, including abductions, enforced or involuntary disappearances, arbitrary detentions, extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, acts of sexual violence, denial of right to peaceful assembly, the loss of lives and the acts of destruction of property."

© 2010 AFP

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