Insights on Côte d’Ivoire
Tomorrow (Wednesday, 13 April) the Council will be briefed on the situation on Côte d’Ivoire by High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay and UN chief of humanitarian affairs, Valerie Amos. The last time the Human Rights High Commissioner briefed on a country-specific crisis was in July 2005, when Louise Arbour briefed the Council on a number of issues on the Council’s agenda.
The Council seems likely to begin to turn from discussing the immediate security situation to start looking at UNOCI’s future priorities. Information from the briefings may be particularly useful as members begin to grapple with the role of the UN in the now critical peacebuilding phase and the challenges of developing appropriate accountability mechanisms. (Members of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) went to Côte d’Ivoire in early April to investigate the reports of killings and other human rights violations. Amos travelled to Liberia and Côte d’Ivoire where she witnessed the humanitarian impact of the political crisis.)