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Cote D'Ivoire

    August 19, 2014
    A woman, who suffers from burns she says are caused by toxic waste, protests outside the law courts in Abidjan.

    Residents of Abidjan, Ivory Coast, continue to suffer ill-health, eight years after multi-national oil-trader Trafigura dumped toxic waste in their communities. The dumping caused a human and environmental disaster yet residents still do not have answers to their questions about health and safety. Read Amnesty International's public statement. For full details of the Trafigura toxic waste dumping case, please see Injustice Incorporated: Advancing the Right to Remedy for Corporate Abuses of Human Rights. 

    July 26, 2013
    Nahibly IDP camp, Côte d'Ivoire, September 2012, the camp was destroyed on 20 July 2012.

    by Alex Neve, Secretary General, Amnesty International Canada 

    “Nature is growing back, making it look like nothing ever happened here.”  

    Those were the sad words of a tenacious local human rights defender as we drove past the ruins of the Nahibly displaced persons camp just outside the town of Duékoué in western Côte d’Ivoire in late February of this year.  The Nahibly Camp, which was home to over 2,500 people, had been totally destroyed seven months earlier, on July 20, 2012, in a massive attack by a mob estimated at 1,000, led by local Dozo militias and including members of the national army.  At least 14 people – almost certainly more – were killed during the attack. Hundreds more were injured. Many more were rounded up and ‘disappeared’ as they fled the camp. Six bodies have since been found in a nearby well but many others are still missing. 

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