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Interactive Dialogue with the Independent Expert on Cote d’Ivoire
June 28, 2016

Statement by the United States of America
As delivered by Patrick Connally

32nd Session of the Human Rights Council
June 28, 2016

The United States thanks Independent Expert Mohammed Ayat for his work on the human rights situation in Cote d’Ivoire.

We congratulate Cote d’Ivoire on its credible and transparent October 2015 presidential election.  We encourage the Government of Cote d’Ivoire to continue to focus on solidifying democracy in a way that is inclusive and promotes open political dialogue and free and equal participation by all its citizens.  We stand with Cote d’Ivoire in the effort to counter violent extremism and we condemn the senseless March attack in the Grand Bassam.

We remain deeply concerned about reports of security force abuses in Cote d’Ivoire and we encourage the Government of Cote d’Ivoire to take steps to investigate allegations of abuses and prosecute responsible officials through credible judicial processes.  Doing so would help foster national reconciliation.

We are also concerned about reports of corruption in the judiciary, police, and other government institutions and encourage Cote d’Ivoire to prioritize transparency and accountability for corruption as well.

Question:  What actions do you recommend the Government prioritize to maintain and build upon gains made following the successful elections in October?


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