The International Organization for Migration has said that a high number of women and girls from Ivory Coast are being trafficked to Northern Africa and Europe. In a note to mark European Anti-Trafficking Day the IOM said there was an emerging trend of a rise in the number of women and girls crossing the Mediterranean. It said some of the women and girls being trafficked often end up being forced into slavery or prostitution. Laurence Hart, head of the Mediterranean coordination office said “Many are recruited in their country with…Read More
The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda on Monday appealed the acquittal of former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo. Gbagbo’s freedom was granted by judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) early this year. He now stays in Belgium following his acquittal by the Court. That acquittal at the time was to be appealed by the prosecutors at the ICC. The judges at the ICC however agreed to release Mr. Gbagbo from detention under certain conditions. Mr. Gbagbo’s release was to be implemented provided he is accepted…Read More
On Saturday some fans of late Ivorian musician DJ Arafat reportedly opened his coffin and undressed him. It followed a chaotic incident at his funeral, after many had gathered to pay tribute. A video of the incident on social media showed these fans carrying out the act during an unrest at the artist’s funeral in the Ivory Coast city of Abidjan. The fans reportedly wanted to check for tattoos on Arafat and identify him. But there were reports some of the fans also stole some items in the coffin. Fans…Read More
Ivorian musician DJ Arafat has died following a road accident in Ivory Coast’s main city, Abidjan. The 33-year-old has a huge following in the Francophone region. He had referred to himself as the king of the dance music genre coupé-décalé. His biggest hit song had over five million views on YouTube. DJ Arafat’s real name is Houon Ange Didier. The road crash that killed Arafat occurred on Sunday night but he died on Monday morning. [embedded content] There have been tributes from some African musicians following his death. 😢😢😢 RIP…Read More
Ghanaian officials have signaled their intentions to raise cocoa farmgate prices by 5.2% for the 2019/20 season. According Reuters sources at Ghana’s agency coordinating the sector, Cocobod and its marketing arm Cocoa Marketing Company (CMC) this will be the first increase in four years. The farmgate price will rise to $1,523.81 (8,000 Ghanaian cedis) per tonne in the next season starting in October this year. That is an increase from $1,410.38 (7,600 cedis) per tonne the previous season. A meeting of Ghana’s Producer Price Review Committee is now set to…Read More
The Hague – Judges must review whether to release the ageing former Ivory Coast leader Laurent Gbagbo for the rest of his crimes against humanity trial, an appeals court ruled Wednesday. Gbagbo, the first ex-head of state to be tried by the International Criminal Court, won his appeal against a March decision which ordered him to be held in a UN detention centre until the end of the legal process. Five appeals court judges found the trial judges had “erred” on several points by refusing the 72-year-old an interim release,…Read More
Authorities in Côte d’Ivoire must stop targeting opposition members by curtailing their rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, Amnesty International said ahead of Sunday’s referendum on constitutional changes. On 20 October, at least 50 opposition members were arbitrarily arrested at a peaceful protest and detained for hours in moving police vehicles. Some of them were dropped in several places in the main city Abidjan, others around 100 km away from their homes and forced to walk back in a practice known as “mobile detention”.Read More
Sierra Leone should stop using emergency regulations brought in to combat Ebola as a pretext to restrict freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, Amnesty International said today.
“Now that Ebola cases are reducing and schools have re-opened, the government should immediately review the State of Emergency provisions and ensure that only provisions strictly required to fight the Ebola epidemic remain in effect. Rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly must not be unnecessarily or disproportionately curtailed, ’’ said Sabrina Mahtani, Amnesty International’s West Africa researcher.Read More
Two high-ranking officials close to the former president of Ivory Coast have been arrested.
Ivorian officials say Laurent Akoun, the second-ranking official in former president Laurent Gbagbo’s Front Populaire Ivorien party, was arrested Sunday in Adzope, 100 kilometers east of the capital, Abidjan. He is believed to be implicated in a series of recent attacks on government targets, aimed at destabilizing the country.Read More