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  • Writer's pictureNicoletta Fagiolo

Laurent Gbagbo and the right to 'difference'

Since November 2011 Laurent Gbagbo, the former president of Côte d’Ivoire, has been detained at the International Criminal Court in the Hague, accused of being an “indirect co-author” of serious crimes against humanity during the post-election crisis in his country. But many people ask why and doubt the legitimacy of these charges. For many it is his political opponent of the 2010 presidential elections, Alassane Ouattara, that should be in his place detained at the Hague, along with Guillaume Soro, the current President of the National Assembly, who headed the 2002 rebellion that divided the country in two.

Why is there no trial for the serious crimes committed by the rebels who attacked Côte d'Ivoire in 2002 in the Central, North and West regions (known as CNO), which remained under their control until 17 March 2011 when Ouattara appointed them as the national military force renaming them the Republican Forces of Côte d’Ivoire (FRCI)? A large international resistance movement was born to reclaim truth and justice in this odd story.

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