Communiqué of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs
Paris, 24 December 2010
The Human Rights Council, on which France has a seat, met on December 23 in Geneva for a special session on the situation in Côte d’Ivoire in the wake of the presidential elections.
This meeting was proposed by the African countries and received massive support from the members of the Human Rights Council. Thirty-one of the 47 States, including the EU nations with seats on the Council and the United States, were in favor of holding this meeting.
The session illuminated the extent and extreme gravity of human rights violations, which are taking a heavy human toll and posing unacceptable obstacles to the activities of the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI).
The session led to the adoption of a strong resolution condemning the atrocities, calling for an end to the violence and the prosecution of perpetrators of human rights violations, urging all the parties to cooperate with UNOCI and to permit free access to refugees and displaced persons. This resolution was adopted by consensus—a rather exceptional, remarkable result in this body.
Finally, via this resolution, the Council asks the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to continue monitoring the situation and reporting back to the Council, which reserves the right to adopt appropriate measures should the situation deteriorate.
France hopes this resolution will help lead to the immediate cessation of human rights violations and will enable the UN to fully fulfill its mission on the ground.
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