47: Resolution on Côte d’Ivoire

The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights meeting at its 28th Ordinary Session in Cotonou, Benin from 23rd October to 6th November 2000:

Considering that Côte d’Ivoire is a party to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights and other international human rights instruments;

Deploring the events of Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th October 2000 in Côte d’Ivoire, which were marked by shootings, wounding and massacres of innocent civilians;

Welcoming with appreciation the Government’s statement that it is going to set up a Commission of Enquiry;

1. Urges the OAU to set up an International Commission of Enquiry, which would involve the African Commission, to investigate all human rights abuses that occurred on or about Wednesday 25th October through to Friday 27th October 2000 and all consequences thereof;

2. Urges the Ivorian Government to co-operate closely with the Commission of Enquiry and give it all the necessary assistance;

3. Calls on the Ivorian Government to undertake to bring to justice all persons who would have been found to be involved in the human rights violations by the investigation;

4. Further calls upon the Ivorian Government to ensure full compliance with the provisions of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights and other international human rights instruments.


Done in Cotonou, Benin, 6th November 2000.