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Côte d’Ivoire: Former Prime Minister Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Corruption

(May 15, 2020) On April 28, 2020, the Tribunal Correctionnel (Criminal Trial Court) of Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, convicted former Prime Minister Guillaume Soro in absentia of embezzlement and money laundering. The trial lasted only a few hours and was boycotted by Soro’s lawyers in protest of what they claimed were politically motivated, trumped-up charges. Soro, […]

Côte d’Ivoire: ICC Prosecutor Appeals Acquittal of Former Ivorian Leaders

(Dec. 2, 2019) On October 17, 2019, the International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor in the case of Laurent Gbagbo and Charles Blé Goudé filed a motion for the ICC Appeals Chamber to declare a mistrial following the two defendants’ January 15 acquittal. Laurent Gbagbo was the president of Côte d’Ivoire from 2000 until 2011, and […]

Côte d’Ivoire: Bill to Amend Marriage Law Approved

(Aug. 9, 2019) On March 27, 2019, the Council of Ministers of Côte d’Ivoire approved a bill that would substantially amend the country’s marriage law. It must now be presented to the Parliament, where, if adopted, it will become law following its promulgation by the President. The bill, which was drafted as part of a […]

Côte d’Ivoire: New Constitution Adopted

(Nov. 25, 2016) Alassane Ouattara, the President of Côte d’Ivoire, promulgated a new Constitution on November 8, 2016.  (Côte d’Ivoire: Alassane Ouattara promulgue la nouvelle Constitution [Côte d’Ivoire: Alassane Ouattara Promulgates the New Constitution], JEUNE AFRIQUE (Nov. 8, 2016); Loi No. 2016-886 portant Constitution de la République de Côte d’Ivoire [Law No. 2016-886 Establishing the […]

Cote d’Ivoire: UN Report Criticizes Handling of Rape Cases

(July 15, 2016) The United Nations Operation in the Cote d’Ivoire (UNOCI), together with the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR), issued a report on July 11, 2016, urging the Cote d’Ivoire to do more to prevent rape and punish perpetrators. (Jaclyn Belczyk, UN Report: Ivory Coast Should Do More to Prevent and Punish Rape, PAPER […]

Cote d’Ivoire: Former First Lady to Be Tried for Crimes Against Humanity

(Mar. 30, 2016) The former first lady of the Cote d’Ivoire, Simone Gbagbo, is facing a charge of crimes against humanity, with a trial scheduled for April 25, 2016. Ghagbo has already been given a sentence of 20 years of imprisonment for attacking state authority, a charge that stemmed from the disputed elections and the […]

Cote d’Ivoire: Publication of Six Opposition Newspapers Suspended, Restored

(Sept. 19, 2012) On September 12, 2012, the National Press Council of the Cote D’Ivoire Coast issued a communiqué suspending the operations of six of the country’s daily newspapers. Five of them, Le Nouveau Courrier, Lg Info, Le Temps, Aujourd’hui, and Le Quotidien d’Abidjan, were suspended for six issues. The sixth, L’Alternative, was suspended for […]

Cote d’Ivoire: New Budget Includes Tax Changes

(Feb. 22, 2010) The 2010 budget for the Cote d’Ivoire includes a number of tax provisions. Newly incorporated companies will be given tax incentives, as will companies that resume functions or maintained operations in parts of the country affected by the civil war. For companies newly incorporated or resuming activities, there is a tax exemption […]

Cote d: Deal Made to Compensate Toxic Waste Victims

(Feb. 19, 2010) Victims of toxic waste poisoning in the Cote d’Ivoire have reached an agreement with the Dutch company Trafigura; the deal concerns distribution of approximately US$45 million in compensation to 31,000 victims. A court order issued in 2009, following a dispute over the distribution procedure, had halted plans to make the payments. The […]