ICC Approves Investigation into 2010 Election Violence in Côte d'Ivoire

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has authorized the ICC prosecutor to pursue an investigation into crimes committed during post-election violence in Côte d’Ivoire, from November 28, 2010 onward. [ICC]  Although not a party to the Rome Statute, Côte d’Ivoire submitted a declaration accepting the ICC’s jurisdiction as to events occurring after September 19, 2002.  The ICC judges have instructed the prosecutor to submit information concerning the years 2002 to 2010, so that they may decide whether to extend the scope of the investigation.  Several organizations have called on the ICC to investigate crimes committed during the 2002-2003 armed conflict, and not just the most recent election-related violence. [HRW]

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