Geneva: The United Nations says at least
173 people have been killed in the Ivory Coast and 90 others
tortured or treated inhumanely because of post-election
violence in the West African nation.
UN deputy human rights commissioner Kyung-wha Kang
told diplomats today that human rights officers documented the
killings and torture cases between December 16 and 21.
She also told the UN Human Rights Council at a special
session on the Ivory Coast that the rights advocates had
substantiated at least 471 arrests and detentions and 24 cases
of people who disappeared involuntarily.
She said however that restrictions imposed on UN
personnel have made it "impossible" to investigate all the
allegations the UN received about serious human rights
violations there - including reports of mass graves.