Clinton hails Ivory Coast justice effort

2012-01-17 18:12

Abidjan - US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is praising the administration of Ivory Coast's president for seeking justice and accountability for crimes committed in the months after the disputed 2010 election.

But human rights groups say Alassane Ouattara's government has not done enough to prosecute members of its armed forces who are linked to massacres. Since Ouattara took office in May, only members of the previous regime have been imprisoned, prompting many to accuse Ouattara of "victor's justice".

Clinton told reporters on Tuesday, "We commend the Ivorian government for the steps they are taking to hold those who perpetrated human rights abuses accountable. All Ivorians need to see that the rule of law is working, and that there is impartial justice."