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Ivory Coast: UN Report Criticizes Handling of Rape Cases

(July 15, 2016) The United Nations Operation in the Ivory Coast (UNOCI), together with the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR), issued a report on July 11, 2016, urging the Ivory Coast to do more to prevent rape and punish perpetrators. (Jaclyn Belczyk, UN Report: Ivory Coast Should Do More to Prevent and Punish Rape, PAPER CHASE […]

Ivory Coast: Former First Lady to Be Tried for Crimes Against Humanity

(Mar. 30, 2016) The former first lady of the Ivory Coast, Simone Gbagbo, is facing a charge of crimes against humanity, with a trial scheduled for April 25, 2016. Ghagbo has already been given a sentence of 20 years of imprisonment for attacking state authority, a charge that stemmed from the disputed elections and the […]

Ivory Coast: Publication of Six Opposition Newspapers Suspended, Restored

(Sept. 19, 2012) On September 12, 2012, the National Press Council of Ivory Coast issued a communiqué suspending the operations of six of the country’s daily newspapers. Five of them, Le Nouveau Courrier, Lg Info, Le Temps, Aujourd’hui, and Le Quotidien d’Abidjan, were suspended for six issues. The sixth, L’Alternative, was suspended for 12 issues. […]

Ivory Coast: New Budget Includes Tax Changes

(Feb. 22, 2010) The 2010 budget for the Ivory Coast includes a number of tax provisions. Newly incorporated companies will be given tax incentives, as will companies that resume functions or maintained operations in parts of the country affected by the civil war. For companies newly incorporated or resuming activities, there is a tax exemption […]

Ivory Coast: Deal Made to Compensate Toxic Waste Victims

(Feb. 19, 2010) Victims of toxic waste poisoning in the Ivory Coast have reached an agreement with the Dutch company Trafigura; the deal concerns distribution of approximately US$45 million in compensation to 31,000 victims. A court order issued in 2009, following a dispute over the distribution procedure, had halted plans to make the payments. The […]