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Ivory Coast, The International Criminal Court Upholds Acquittal of Gbagbo and Goudé

The International Criminal Court Appeals Chamber confirmed the acquittal of Laurent Gbagbo and Blé Goudé, former President and former Youth Minister in the Ivory Coast.

The disappointment of the victims of the post-election violence during 2010-11 is understandable. The highest organ of international justice has still not issued a guilty verdict for the atrocities committed 10 years ago.

Prosecution for the crimes has also been denied on national level following the amnesty President Ouattara on granted 6 August 2018 to 800 people accused or convicted of crimes related to the 2010-11 crisis or subsequent crimes against state security. An amnesty which is contrary to Côte d’Ivoire’s obligations under international law.

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