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 chief minister of the Northern Province, C V Wigneswaran has criticised the continued militarisation of the North-East by forces that he describes as “threatening” and perpetrators of war crimes.
A South African delegation headed by the Deputy Minister of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) Nomaindiya C Mfekto held an official consultation with Tamil diaspora organisations with regards to Tamil affairs in Sri Lanka and work towards bringing a sense of normalcy to the North-East of the island.
A series of separate discussions were held on Monday with representatives from Tamil diaspora organisations including the South African Solidarity Group for Peace and Justice in Sri Lanka (SGPJ),
The Bishop of Trincomalee, Rt Rev Dr Kingsley Swampillai, said that despite the new government that came to power in Sri Lanka there was "still no ray of light" for Tamils seeking a solution to the islands ethnic conflict.
Criminal Investigation Division (CID) officers arrived in Jaffna on Saturday to probe whether protests over the rape and murder of a Pungudutivu school girl involved "anti-national groups" who were trying to destablise the Jaffna peninsula,
The British prime minister, David Cameron, discussed progress on reconciliation with the Sri Lankan prime minister, Ranil Wickremasinghe on Monday, as he congratulated Mr Cameron on his electoral victory.
Photograph Tamil Guardian
A man has been injured in Jaffna district on Sunday after police opened fire at crowds after locals intervened when police officers assaulted a pregnant woman who was trying to prevent her brother from being detained over a dispute between two families.
Around fifteen police officers arrived in the Uduthurai region looking to arrest a young man in relation to the dispute which had taken place the day before. When the officers realised the accused man was not at home however,