The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, expressed serious concerns on Monday about the arrest of several opposition leaders, at least eight of whom are reportedly still in detention, and the deployment of security forces to the homes of others.
The Attorney General, Richard Adou, announced that he had opened judicial investigations into the charges against some opposition members, including those related to terrorism.
« It is in no one’s interest to fuel the threat of growing political instability – we have seen the violence that such provocations have brought in 2011, » the High Commissioner said. « I call on all parties to moderate the hateful rhetoric and to strive to find common solutions, with full respect for the rule of law and human rights, through an inclusive and constructive dialogue.
More than 6,000 Ivorians have already fled the country to neighboring states due to election-related tensions, as well as inter-communal violence in some localities, according to the UN Refugee Agency, and their numbers continue to increase.
« I urge political leaders on all sides to work together to ease tensions through dialogue, not through brutal security measures and arrests, » she said, also calling for the right to freedom of peaceful assembly to be protected.