Laurent Gbagbo was captured by Ouattara loyalists backed by French special forces (Photo: ZimDaily)
The International Criminal Court in The Hague has granted prosecutors permission to investigate alleged war crimes in the Ivory Coast.
A spokesperson for the ICC said an investigation into the atrocities will begin soon.
“Next is the investigation to be conducted by the ICC prosecutor in the events that occurred since 28th November 2010, up to now and potentially, if there is more violent action that takes place in the future in Ivory Coast,” said Fadio El Abdallah.
“The prosecutor will gather the evidence and decide who he suspects to be responsible for potential war crimes or crimes against humanity.”
“The prosecutor will have to conduct the investigation [into] these allegations concerning both parties in a total independent and impartial manner.”
Both parties have been accused of committing war crimes during violence which flared in November last year, after former leader Laurent Gbagbo refused to accept the results of the presidential elections, which the UN ruled were won by rival Alassane Ouattara.
In the ensuing power struggle more than 3,000 people were killed and over 500,000 civilians were displaced, until the capture of Gbagbo by Ouattara loyalists, with the support of French commandos.
In a letter to the Indian prime minister, Narendra Modi, the chief minister of Tamil Nadu, citing an “atmosphere of fear” and “intimidation” said that though the new presidency in Sri Lanka was a symbol of hope,
The US president, Barack Obama, speaking in New Delhi this week, said India could play a "positive" role in the region from Burma to Sri Lanka, reiterating "that with power comes responsibility".
The chief minister of the Northern Province, C V Wigneswaran criticised the Sri Lankan military's ongoing presence in the Tamil areas, stating that they were depriving the Tamil people of their livelihoods.
A judge in Mallaakam court issued an interim order to close Chunnakam power station on Tuesday following increasing local outcry over the contamination of local water supplies by waste heavy fuel oil leaking from the site.
The chief minister of the Northern Provincial Council, CV Wigneswaran and a delegation of Northern Provincial Councillors, called for the release of 6500 acres of Tamil land taken by the Sri Lankan military and release of registered and unregistered Tamil political prisoners.
The delegation made the demands noting that several unregistered political prisoners were being held in secret captivity during a meeting with the newly appointed Resettlement Minister DM Swaminathan in Colombo on Saturday.
Mr Swaminathan assured the Tamil delegation that the appropriate actions would be taken to resolve the issues,