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.
The European Union(EU) called for the abolition of the death penalty worldwide and welcomed Sri Lankan Justice Minister’s announcement that his government would vote in favour of the UN General Assembly resolution on a moratorium on the Death Penalty.
The EU statement comes as Sri Lanka’s parliament debated the reinstatement of capital punishment,
The inclusion of exiled victims and witnesses in Sri Lanka’s consultation for an accountability mechanism will be a litmus test of its credibility, writes former BBC correspondent Frances Harrison.
Police summoned and questioned a Christian pastor after four Buddhist monks forcibly entered a church in Bandaragama, in the Kalutara District, on September 6, and claimed the church was not a registered place of worship.
Seventy-three refugees who fled Sri Lanka during the armed conflict and sought asylum in India left on Thursday to return home, reports The Hindu.
Together with the assistance of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR),
Japan has agreed this week to lend Sri Lanka $375 million in order to build a new terminal at Colombo's Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA).
The agreement is part of the 'Partnership for Quality Infrastructure' and follows the Sri Lankan prime minister,
The US Ambassador to Colombo Atul Keshap, announced an additional $1.745 million to add to the demining initiatives of international and domestic organisations working under the National Mine Action Committee (NMAC)
Reiterating US support for demining in Sri Lanka,