Written by : Benjamin B.Tegbeh Abidjan, Ivory Coast /
The Working Group of the United Nations (UN) on the use of mercenaries began in Abidjan a four-day visit to review and assess the impact of mercenary on human rights in Côte d'Ivoire.
“Cote d'Ivoire is beleived to have faced many huge challenges at the turn of the century and experienced civil conflict that would involve mercenary-related activities," said the human rights expert, Patricia Arias, who currently heads the group experts, in a statement recently issued on Monday.
Several sources have reported the involvement of mercenaries from Ivory Coast neighboring Country, Liberia to the post-election violence in 2010-2011 which killed at least 3,000 people in West African state.
The statement said that it is the first official visit in Côte d'Ivoire which Ms. Arias is expected to be accompanied by Anton Katz, another member of the Working Group, under the invitation of the Ivorian authorities."
During their stay in Abidjan, the UN delegation will meet with members of the executive, legislative and judicial branches of the state, officials of the Armed Forces, representatives of the diplomatic community and civil society.
As part of the mandate given by the Council of Human Rights of the UN, the Working Group will also review the status of military and security companies (PMSCs) concerning how they operate in the country, the statement added.
Côte d'Ivoire is among the countries covered by this year's report of the Working Group to the Council of Human Rights which focused on national legislation on private military and security companies in several countries in Asia and Africa.
After visit, the Working Group is to produce a final report to be presented to the Council of Human Rights of the UN in September 2015.