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UN Rights Panel Wants Inquiry In Ivory Coast

Children eat near a classroom at a school transformed into a makeshift refugee camp on March 25, 2011 north of Abidjan. ISSOUF SANOGO/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Children eat near a classroom at a school transformed into a makeshift refugee camp on March 25, 2011 north of Abidjan.

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The UN Human Rights Council is calling for an Inquiry Team to go to Ivory Coast to investigate violence there. Intransigent leader Laurent Gbagbo has refused to cede power to the internationally recognized winner, Alassane Ouattara. Thousands of Ivorian youths are now joining Gbagbo's fighters to attack Ouattara supporters and Ivorians fear new violence. The UN says up to 1 million people are now fleeing, before the country topples back into civil war.

Civilians have been attacked for peacefully protesting, or Gbagbo loyalists have attacked civilian neighborhoods with heavy weapons. Reuters reports France is now circulating a draft resolution at the UN Security Council that would impose new sanctions on Gbagbo and his closest supporters; the Council is expected to discuss it next week.