Cote d'Ivoire reviewed at 6th UPR session
Monday, 07 December 2009 17:19


On the afternoon of 3 December 2009, the Working Group on the UPR examined the human rights situation in Côte d'Ivoire. Notably, Côte d'Ivoire was represented by Mr Tia Kone, the President of the Supreme Court, who outlined the country's efforts to protect and promote human rights. The recommendations mainly focused on the following issues:

  • The need to reform the judicial system, strengthen the rule of law, fight widespread impunity, and combat vigilante justice, particularly in the north of the country, including by eliminating amnesty for serious human rights violations committed during the conflict, improving the prosecution of perpetrators of sexual violence against women and childre, and raising awareness of human rights through training of public and law officials as well as security forces
  • The need to eradicate corruption, improve press freedoms, and guarantee free and fair elections through strengthening the independence of the election commission and cooperation of political leaders with it, and registration of all citizens of voting age
  • Concern over allegations of torture by police and security forces, arbitrary detention, inhumane prison condition (such as overcrowding, lack of segregation of detainees and prisoners according to sex and age), and harassment of human rights defenders
  • Increased cooperation with treaty bodies through the ratification of the Convention on Migrant Workers, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture, the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict, the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography, the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, the extension of an open invitation to all special procedures, and the submission of pending reports to the treaty bodies
  • Implementing the recommendations of the Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women and Committee on the Rights of the Child to offer effective protection of the rights of women and children, particularly in relation to trafficking, domestic violence, forced marriage, and female genital mutilation, property rights, and civil rights
  • Ratification of the Rome Statue of the International Criminal Court and allow country visits
  • Stepping up efforts to provide free primary education to all, regardless of gender, social economic status or location within the country
  • Continuing efforts to ensure access to health care to all, particularly vulnerable groups; stepping up measures to provide health protection and prevention services for HIV/AIDS and awareness raising programmes to overcome stigmatisation of people that suffer from HIV/AIDS.
  • Right's of vulnerable groups: strengthen the protection of rights of disabled persons, increasing support for internally displaced persons,
  • Stepping up efforts to fight poverty by formulating a national development plan that accounts for vulnerable groups and regional differences
  • Bringing the National Human Rights Institution in line with the Paris Principles.
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