April 8, 2011 / 5:59 PM / 8 years ago

Ivory Coast's Ouattara pledges human rights body-UN

* U.N. rights chief Navi Pillay reports Ouattara pledge

* She condemns latest attacks on civilians, calls for halt

GENEVA, April 8 (Reuters) - Ivory Coast’s Alassane Ouattara has pledged to establish a Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the United Nations’ human rights chief said on Friday.

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay welcomed the commitment that she said Ouattara had made in talks with her senior aide, Ivan Simonovic, in Abidjan on Thursday.

“The President made a commitment to call on his supporters to refrain from violence and to establish a Truth and Reconciliation Commission as well as to cooperate fully with the commission of inquiry already set up by the Human Rights Council,” Pillay said.

Crimes committed in recent months such as the shelling of a marketplace in Abidjan’s Abobo district and the murder of women peacefully protesting, as well as numerous other killings and abductions may amount to crimes against humanity, she said.

U.N. workers in Ivory Coast have found the bodies of more than 100 victims of brutal killings, a discovery that threatened to undermine Ouattara as he moves to control the country, where presidential rival Laurent Gbagbo remained isolated behind a military cordon in a bunker. [ID:nLDE73700G]

Pillay, a former U.N. war crimes judge from South Africa, urged Ouattara and his new administration to “redouble their efforts to halt all killings and human rights violations”. She condemned a series of vicious attacks on civilians in Ivory Coast, where her team of human rights investigators discovered 118 bodies in three western towns of Duekoue, Blolequin and Guiglo on Thursday.

A woman whose body was found with a baby strapped to her back was among victims in Blolequin, Pillay’s statement said.

Impunity for crimes in Ivory Coast must end, she said.

“So the President’s (Ouattara’s) commitment to punish those responsible for all the hideous crimes that have been taking place in Cote d’Ivoire, irrespective of whom they support politically, and to make a serious effort at bringing about reconciliation in this sharply divided land are necessary.” (Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; Editing by Louise Ireland)

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