16th HRC FAS event - UNSCR 1325 and links to HR mechanisms

The Human Rights Council adopted a Resolution to dispatch an independent international commission of inquiry in Côte d'Ivoire to avoid impunity


It also promotes reconciliation among all Ivorian to end the post-electoral crisis

The Human Rights Council adopted a Resolution to dispatch an independent international commission of inquiry in Côte d'Ivoire during the 16th Session which has been held in Geneva from 28 February to 25 March. This commission of inquiry, to be appointed by the President of the Council, will investigate the facts and circumstances surrounding the allegations of serious abuses and violations of human rights committed in Cote d'Ivoire following the presidential election of 28 November 2010 and will present its findings to the Council at its seventeenth session.

To carry out this substantial task, the HRC calls upon all Ivorian parties to fully cooperate with the commission of inquiry and reaffirms its conviction that the post‐electoral crisis in Côte d'Ivoire requires an overall political solution that preserves democracy and peace and promotes lasting reconciliation among all Ivorian.

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Femmes Africa Solidarité (FAS) sponsored the participation of two women from Côte d'Ivoire who delivered a statement, during the 16th Session of the HRC, denouncing the situation in their country and rejecting impunity for perpetrators and accomplices of the criminal and heinous acts committed against the population.

"After the multiple assaults we reject impunity and call upon the international community to send a mission of investigation", said the Ivorian women. Now through the Resolution of the Human Rights Council, the commission of inquiry is not only a desire, it is a reality.

 


 

IVORIAN WOMEN ASK FOR SUPPORT AND JUSTICE IN THEIR COUNTRY

 

Ivorian Women delivered at the 16th Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, a statement where they asked to the international community to send a mission to Côte d'Ivoire to investigate what occurred during the peaceful demonstration of the March 3, 2011 where 7 Ivorian women were killed. Moreover, they required that the International Criminal Court takes responsibilities to pursue the perpetrators and accomplices of that slaughter because as they said "we reject impunity".

At the end, they remembered that, thanks to the support of Femmes Africa Solidarité (FAS) and UN Women, they have been able to do an advocacy work in Addis Ababa (during the 15th AU Summit in January 2011) to find a quickly solution to the crisis, and now they were in Geneva to ask for the support of the international community to continue the advocacy to make women integrate the mediation process in their country.

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The two women - Mrs. Alice Zadi and Mrs. Tenin Toure Diabate- delivered the statement after having participated in the Panel of FAS about the situation in Côte d'Ivoire where Mme Diop, Executive Director of FAS, explained that " The Human Rights Council today discussed the Durban Declaration, and Programme of Action, that proposes concrete measures to combat racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance.  This topic is in line with our discussion today, as Ivorian women should work together to combat discrimination knowing that legal instruments and human rights mechanisms exist and represent the tools to be used toward women equality and parity, and for the protection and prevention of violence against women, and promotion of women's participation to peace processes".

Mrs. Mary Balikungeri, Director and Founder Rwanda Women's Network, added that "after the genocide, Rwanda had a very strong and motivated leadership that was able to successfully guide the Truth and Reconciliation process and to ensure women's equality and parity at all levels of decision making".

On her side Mrs. Alice Zadi highlighted that ""Forgiveness does not mean Amnesty. Perpetrators must be brought to justice, and convicted if guilty. Reconciliation will only be possible if people realize their voice, their claims have been heard by authorities. Injustice cannot be forgotten, but as the case of Rwanda showed, a process of reconciliation is possible".

 "Women are 50% of the population of Ivory Coast, and they are being disproportionately affected by the crisis. Despite this, there are still excluded by the peace process.  Women's role in mediation is essential. For this reason, their capacity should be reinforced with capacity building and trainings", stated Mrs. Tenin Toure Diabate.


 

FAS LAUNCHES A BOOK ON UNSCR 1325 AND PREVENTION TO END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN  

 

The Paper will be presented at the margins of the 16th Human Rights Council on Friday, 18 March

On behalf of the Working Group on Peace (WGP), Femmes Africa Solidarité (FAS) organizes a side event at the margins of the 16th Human Rights Council in Geneva on Friday, March 18th from 11.00 to 13.00 in room XXII, to convene a Book launch on UNSC Resolution 1325 and its links to existing Human Rights mechanisms in the campaign to end violence against women.

The paper, regarding "UNSCR 1325 and Prevention: A Hybrid for Utilizing Human Rights and Early Warning Frameworks in the Campaign to End Violence against Women", seeks to expand the rubrics of the on-going discourse on UNSCR 1325 to include a focus on human rights instruments and conflict early warning frameworks with the aim of examining how these can be jointly utilized in the prevention of violence against women in Africa. 

Moreover, FAS has also invited a delegation of Ivorian women to participate to the event and share their experience and views on the situation happening on the ground (waiting confirmation).

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