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Ivory Coast: Human Rights

Volume 482: debated on Wednesday 5 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his European Union counterparts on the incidence of human rights abuses in Côte d'Ivoire. (228200)

Our non-resident ambassador to Côte d'Ivoire, based in Accra, frequently visits the country and discusses human rights, including those concerned with the electoral process, with his EU counterparts. Our ambassador last visited in July and will visit again this month. Our political officer in Abidjan also meets other EU ambassadors once a fortnight. Our officials have visited France, most recently in July, and have discussed human rights issues in Côte d'Ivoire with their French counterparts.

The UK supported the renewal of the mandate of the UN Operation in Côte d'Ivoire in July 2008, including its work towards ensuring the protection of and the respect for human rights. Members of the UN Security Council Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict discussed concerns about the level of sexual violence and violations of children’s rights in Côte d'Ivoire in September.