The absence of an operational judicial system in the Northern part of the country is the most worrying issue in Côte d’Ivoire since the political and military crisis in 2002 led to a de facto control of this area by the rebels.
In the South, which is under control of the governmental forces, the 2002 crisis has aggravated already existing problems such as the pervasive influence of political forces and the rampant corruption in the judiciary. Magistrates went on strike to protest against their poor security conditions. National institutions are unable to address human rights violations, leading to a general climate of impunity. Following the Linas-Marcoussis Peace Agreements, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has set up an International Inquiry Commission in June 2004, entrusted with the investigation of the serious human rights violations that occurred since 19 September 2002, when the political and military crisis started.
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