Ivorian truth commission wraps up but no justice yet

22 October 2014 by Marc-André Boisvert, Abidjan (Ivory Coast)

Just weeks after the final public sessions of Ivory Coast’s Commission for Dialogue, Truth and Reconciliation, victims’ advocates say the process has failed and reconciliation still seems a long way off.

In the dark basement conference room of a luxury Abidjan hotel, a woman on the verge of tears describes how her husband was killed in fierce fighting between different factions in the town on Duékoué during the violent five months following Ivory Coast’s 2010 elections. A seven-member panel of ‘wise people’, comprising local politicians and religious figures, listens to her testimony. Those who managed to secure one of just 70 seats available to the public and media hang on her words. 

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