Côte d’Ivoire

Côte d’Ivoire2018-11-07T20:43:54+00:00

The information below is based on the Report of the Secretary-General to the Security Council (S/2018/250) issued on 16 April 2018.

In 2017, the Forces armées de Côte d’Ivoire, as a result of the cessation of patterns of sexual violence and the adoption of all reasonable measures to meet thelence committed by members of the national armed or security forces. The Team of Experts worked closely with the United Nations country team to continue to build the capacity of defence and police personnel. In 2017, a United Nations training programme was delivered to over 100 peer educators on effective techniques to raise awareness of sexual violence and involved members of the military and police who would serve as focal points on the policy of zero tolerance of such violence in their units. Subsequently, 150 such focal points were deployed to high-risk regions. An awareness-raising campaign on conflict-related sexual violence commenced in 2017, targeting 5,000 members of the security sector. The work of the Team of Experts has been critical in supporting the national committee for the fight against conflict-related sexual violence and monitoring implementation of its action plan. In 2017, a collective commitment to prevent, denounce and sanction any act of sexual violence was signed by the Chief of Staff of the Forces armées de Côte d’Ivoire, the Superior Commander of the Gendarmerie nationale, the directors general of key ministries, the Prosecutor of the Military Tribunal and the Prosecutor of the First Instance Tribunal of Abidjan, signalling their determination to prevent any recurrence of the widespread sexual violence that characterized previous waves of civil war and political unrest. However, to date, none of the 196 cases of sexual violence perpetrated during the post-electoral crisis, as documented in the report of the Commission nationale d’enquête, have been adjudicated. Furthermore, none of the 43 cases of conflictrelated sexual violence under investigation by the Cellule spéciale d’enquête et d’instruction have progressed to trial. A number of victims have received general compensation from the Government as part of its transitional justice framework, but no specific reparations have been awarded in cases of sexual violence.

Recommendation

I encourage the continued implementation of action plans to ensure that past perpetrators are held accountable and survivors receive services, justice and reparations, as stipulated in the conditions for delisting. In accordance with the transfer plan of the United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire, it is critical to consolidate gains in monitoring and investigating sexual violence by providing adequate resources to enable the national human rights commission and its partners to assume those functions.