Cote d’Ivoire’s former president Laurent Gbagbo refused to step down & initiated a brutal campaign of murder and torture against his opponent’s supporters.

Laurent Gbagbo at the ICC

Today, the former president of Cote d’Ivoire, Laurent Gbagbo, made his first appearance in front of International Criminal Court (ICC) judges after arriving in The Hague last week. Gbagbo is being held in an ICC detention centre and is facing four counts of crimes against humanity for violence which he initiated after losing his position in last November’s presidential election to Alassane Ouattara.

Even though the international community recognized the presidential election as free and fair, Gbagbo refused to step down and initiated a brutal campaign supported by the Ivorian Defence and Security Forces (FDS), youth militia and mercenaries, which abducted, tortured, raped, and killed Ouattara supporters. The conflict resulted in the deaths of over 3,000 Ivorians and caused at least one million civilians to flee their homes. Finally, after four months of violence between pro-Gbagbo and pro-Ouattara supporters, Ouattara’s forces succeeded in taking the capital in April, capturing Gbagbo bringing an end to the bloody conflict.

Despite underlying tensions between the two sides, Cote d’Ivoire has been relatively peaceful since Gbagbo’s capture and it is positive sign that President Ouattara and the Ivorian government turned him over to the ICC to face justice. While the ICC has only issued a warrant for Gbagbo, Chief Prosecutor Luis-Moreno Ocampo continues to investigate crimes against humanity and war crimes allegedly committed by pro-Gbagbo and pro-Ouattara forces. Justice is an important aspect of peace and must be applied to all parties responsible for atrocities against civilians, not only Gbagbo and his supporters, in order to prevent conflict from recurring in the war torn country of Cote d’Ivoire.

With legislative elections in Cote d’Ivoire set to begin this upcoming Sunday, the international community must pay attention and be ready to respond so that heightened tensions surrounding Gbagbo’s turnover to the ICC and the countries first elections since last year’s atrocities do not result a reemergence of violence.

Save Darfur Privacy Policy

We will never sell, rent or share your personal information with a 3rd party, especially your email addresses and phone numbers, unless required by law. Never ever! Because we hate spam just as much as you do.

How do we use the information you provide?

Save Darfur uses the information we collect from you in an effort to engage you as an online activist. We will use your email address to send you periodic updates, actions you can take and for contributions. An option to unsubscribe will be in every email we send. While we won't get tired of watching Bashir, we respect your right to take a break.

Data tracking.

Some information other than personally identifiable information may automatically be collected as you browse our site. In order to consistently improve our online activities, we use cookies,track email open rates and periodically analyze our web traffic. This information helps us improve the quality of the site and enhance our online outreach efforts.

Information on children’s privacy.

We believe every precaution must be taken to protect children online. Save Darfur does not knowingly ask children 13 and under for any information. Visitors who are 13 or under should ask a parent or legal guardian for assistance when using Save Darfur and should not submit any personally identifiable information.

Links to other web sites.

Save Darfur provides links to third party web sites, and other web sites may link to our web site. Save Darfur does not endorse, nor is it responsible for the content of any third-party web sites we may list on Save Darfur. Sites that are linked to our site may have different policies; please review the privacy policy notices on those sites for details.