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UN report: Ivory Coast gov't lacks impartiality in pursuit of postelection violence suspects

A United Nations expert report says Ivory Coast's government has displayed a "lack of impartiality" by not pursuing specific perpetrators of 2010-11 postelection violence including those who killed hundreds of men in the country's western town of Duekoue.

The report by independent human rights expert Doudou Dien also criticizes the conditions of those suspects that are being held.

Months of conflict following Ivory Coast's 2010 presidential elections saw at least 3,000 people killed, according to U.N. estimates. The violence erupted after former President Laurent Gbagbo refused to leave office despite losing the November 2010 runoff vote to current President Alassane Ouattara.

The report, based on a mission conducted in September and October, was finalized earlier this month and is scheduled to be presented to the Human Rights Council in March.

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