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UN: 173 killed in elections


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UN: 173 killed in elections

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ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast — The United Nations said today that at least 173 people have been killed and dozens of others have gone missing or been tortured following Ivory Coast’s disputed presidential election, which has prompted fears of a return to civil war.
United Nations deputy human rights commissioner Kyung-wha Kang told diplomats at a special session on Ivory Coast in Geneva that at least 471 arrests and detentions were substantiated between December 16 and 21.
She said restrictions imposed on United Nations personnel in the West African nation have made it “impossible” to investigate all the allegations about serious human rights violations — including reports of mass graves. At least 90 people have been tortured or treated inhumanely, and there have been 24 cases of disappearances.
David Kennedy, spokesman for the US mission to the UN in Geneva, said the United States is “deeply concerned by the extent of the abuses being perpetrated” in Ivory Coast.
The UN and other world leaders recognise Alassane Ouattara as the winner of the November 28 runoff vote. His prime minister has urged the UN, European Union, African Union and others to consider intervening to push incumbent Laurent Gbagbo out of the presidency.
The United States said yesterday it is discussing ways to help quell the postelection violence in Ivory Coast with other countries. (AP)

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