The United Nations and the prison in Ivory Coast

The United Nations and the prison in Ivory Coast

Abidjan : Ivory Coast | May 06, 2012 at 2:57 AM PDT
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The United Nations Operation in Ivory Coast (UNOCI) has expressed its concern for the high number of prisoners' leaks that have taken place in the African country in this year, and it reiterated its commitment of working with the Government to approach this question.

UNOCI, says: "UNOCI encourages to the Government of Ivory Coast to include the situation of the jails in its priorities and the decision of working with the national authorities to contribute to the identification and implementation of appropriate measures of conformity with the international standards as regards penitentiary surety."

This year five leaks of prisoners have taken place. The last leak happened on Friday in the penitentiary main center of Abidjan, the capital of the country. Other leaks were in the cities: Dimbokro, Katiola, Korhogo and Agboville.

All this began, when Ivory Coast was shaken by a later crisis to the elections at the end of 2010, Alassane Ouattara won the presidential elections in second turn and this took to mortal months of violence, Laurent Gbagbo refused to resign. Mr. Gbagbo was captured by the forces of surety and from then on it has been transferred The Hague in the Low Countries to be judged in the International Criminal Court (ICC) for hurt humanity's crimes for its presumed participation in the post-electoral violence.

Of this crisis they have you 'beneficiary', for leak12,000 prisoners coming from 22 penitentiary centers in the south of the country. And not alone they escaped, there were great destruction of infrastructures and teams. Everything has caused it a significant interruption in the operation of the system of justice and the deterioration of the public surety.

The efforts on the part of UNOCI and other organizations, from July of 2011, have served so that, until the moment, 28 of the 33 centers penitentiaries have been restored.

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July 2007 in the north of the Ivory Coast
July 2007 in the north of the Ivory Coast
From: Kutchala Sutchi
CATALINABELEMAR is based in Madrid, Madrid, Spain, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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