U.N. rights body to send inquiry team to Ivory Coast

GENEVA (Reuters) – The U.N. Human Rights Council agreed Friday to send an independent commission to investigate killings and other crimes in Ivory Coast which is on the verge of civil war.

The 47-member forum unanimously approved a resolution put by Nigeria on behalf of African countries which condemned atrocities and called for a halt to the violence.

Earlier, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights said the estimated death toll in Ivory Coast’s post-election violence had reached 462. Her office was also investigating allegations that another 200 African nationals — from Mali, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Guinea and Togo — were killed near the western town of Guiglo, a spokesman said.

(Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; Editing by Laura MacInnis)

U.N. rights body to send inquiry team to Ivory Coast