The Church demands an independent commission of inquiry

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In Côte d’Ivoire, the Bishops’ Conference is outraged and condemns all violence “from all political camps”.

In Côte d’Ivoire, the Bishops’ Conference calls on political leaders to continue the dialogue. The Catholic bishops, who condemn all violence “from all political camps”, want “an independent commission of inquiry” because “the authors of these crimes must be sought so that they are accountable for their actions in the face of impartial justice”.

“We encourage the two main leaders in the current political life of our country, Presidents Alassane Ouattara and Henri Konan Bédié, to continue on a clear basis and intensify the dialogue they themselves have initiated to the great satisfaction of the people, in order to achieve national harmony, to find fair solutions, which protect and promote the common good, explainedMonsignor Ignace Bessi, Bishop of Katiola and President of the Bishops’ Conference in Côte d’Ivoire. This will be the perfect opportunity to resolve the disputes arising from the interpretation of the Constitution. ”

“We really hope that this dialogue takes into account the release of all political prisoners, promotes a speedy return for all exiles,” including President Laurent Gbagbo, so that they take their place in the process of reconciliation, he continued. We strongly recommend that they also take into account the promotion of rights and individual freedoms for fair justice and the culture of dating. We cannot say it enough, there is no peace without justice and there is no justice without forgiveness. ”

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