On April 2, 2011, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) reported at least 800 civilian deaths in the Ivory Coast town of Duekoue. The deaths were attributed to an intercommunal dispute that arose over the refusal by former president Laurent Gbagbo to cede power to president-elect Alassane Ouattara following the election in November, 2010. Following the death toll calculation by the ICRC, the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) urged restraint from all parties engaged in the looting and human rights violations in the region. In February 2012, the International Criminal Court (ICC) granted permission to Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo to expand the investigation of post-election violence in the Ivory Coast to extend as far back as the country's attempted coup in 2002. Former president Gbagbo is currently facing charges before the ICC for his role in the post-election violence that include murder and sexual violence.
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