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22 June 2011 by Bram Posthumus in Amsterdam and Selay Marius Kouassi in Abidjan

In Ivory Coast, the gap between rhetoric and reality is growing dangerously large. On paper, all seems to be heading in the right direction. There is a Dialogue, Truth and Reconciliation Commission in place. Early June, the new government of president Alassane Ouattara declares it wants an end to impunity and justice for all. 

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Niamba Privat shares images taken after a May 2011 attack at his Yopougon home during post-election violence in Ivory Coast (Photo: Christin Roby)
04 May 2015 by Christin Roby, Abidjan (Ivory Coast)

Wounds, physical and psychological, heal slowly for many victims of the 2011 post-election crisis in Ivory Coast that killed over 3,000 residents and ended with former President Laurent Gbagbo’s ouster by Alassane Ouattara.

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Al Jadeed journalist Karma Khayat flanked by defence lawyers at the opening hearing of her contempt trial (Photo: Flickr/STLebanon)
04 May 2015

IJT 181 examines what two contempt cases at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon show about the main in absentia trial seeking to uncover who killed Lebanese ex-premier Rafik Hariri.

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05 November 2011 by Selay Marius Kouassi

A situation without precedent in a country that seems to have returned to normal. But where hate and anger have yet to disappear completely. Healing the wounds after post-electoral violence in 2010/2011 is the new mandate of the Commission for Dialogue, Truth and Reconciliation (CDVR). Meanwhile, the International Criminal Court (ICC) is conducting its investigations in the same country.

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Urban life in Ivory Coast (Photo: Flickr/Guillaume Mignot)
23 March 2015 by Christin Roby, Abidjan (Ivory Coast)

The 20-year prison sentence handed to former Ivorian first lady Simone Gbagbo in Abidjan’s case against her and 82 others for undermining state security is being met with intense scrutiny. Though a victory to some, many Ivorians are unsatisfied.

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28 April 2011 by -

The leader of a militia that helped Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara defeat rival Laurent Gbagbo was killed in a gun battle on Wednesday after he and his men refused to obey a presidential order to disarm.

"I can confirm that Ibrahim Coulibaly was killed during fighting today," Defence Ministry spokesman Captain Alla Kouakou Leon said.

Coulibaly's 'Invisible Commando' insurgents had fought alongside what is now the Ivorian national army to topple Gbagbo, but had been accused of not meeting a deadline to lay down their arms and join the new army.

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12 September 2011 by -

The head of the Ivory Coast's newly formed truth and reconciliation panel visited the diaspora in Senegal on Sunday to explain his mission to reunite the country torn apart by post-poll violence.

"We need to talk ... we need to admit we have turned a dark page," Charles Konan Banny, a former Ivorian prime minister, told his country's nationals in Dakar.

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25 May 2011 by Bram Posthumus

President Alassane Ouattara of Ivory Coast says he wants national dialogue and reconciliation and an end to impunity. Noble intentions - but his country may have more pressing issues to deal with, plus the fact that not everyone is prepared to reconcile.

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04 April 2014 by IJT
Charles Blé Goudé, the 42 year old former charismatic head of the Youth Patriots, a pro-Gbagbo movement, introduced himself as a 'consultant in political communication' during his first appearance before the International Criminal Court (ICC), on 27 March. Transferred from Ivory Coast five days before, he has joined in The Netherlands the ex-president Laurent Gbagbo, who has been held for two years.
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04 April 2014 by Blake Evans-Pritchard, The Hague (The Netherlands)

Will the evidence be sufficient this time? After a series of hearings last year, the International Criminal Court (ICC) judges told the prosecution to think again. The central challenge is how to establish, more convincingly than a year ago, 'the absolute authority' that former president Laurent Gbagbo allegedly exerted over the Ivorian security forces. 

Alassane Ouattara