Cote d'Ivoire has ratified the following documents:
  • African (Banjul) Charter on Human and People's Rights
  • Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhumane, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment
  • Convention on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women
  • Convention on the Rights of the Child
  • International Convention on Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination
  • International Covenant Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
  • International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
The following documents further define the obligations of Cote d'Ivoire:
  • Beijing +5: Further Actions and Initiatives to Implement the Beijing Platform for Action
  • Beijing Platform for Action
  • Cairo Programme of Action
  • UN Special Session on HIV/AIDS (UNGASS) Declaration of Commitment
  • Universal Declaration of Human Rights
The documents listed above require Cote d'Ivoire to protect and promote the following rights:

Right to development
Right to education
Right to equal protection of the law
Right to freedom from inhuman or degrading treatment
Right to highest attainable standard of physical and mental health
Right to housing
Right to just and favorable work conditions
Right to liberty and security of the person
Right to life and survival
Right to marry and found a family
Right to non-discrimination on grounds of age
Right to non-discrimination on grounds of disability (i.e. HIV positive)
Right to non-discrimination on grounds of marital status
Right to non-discrimination on grounds of race and ethnicity
Right to non-discrimination on grounds of sex and gender
Right to non-discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation
Right to private and family life
Right to receive and impart information
Right to the benefits of scientific progress

Constitutional Protection of Rights

The Constitution of Cote d'Ivoire can be viewed at http://www.ethnonet-africa.org/data/ivoir/const1960.htm#const1960

The Constitution of Côte d'Ivoire is an important tool for the protection and promotion of human rights. It explicitly refers to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The Constitution enables Côte d'Ivoire to translate international agreements into domestic law, and obliges all branches of government to respect and ensure the rights it enunciates.

The Constitution provides for the protection of the following rights, among others. This empowers individuals in making reproductive health decisions, and helps create economic and social conditions conducive to good sexual and reproductive health.

Right to the equal protection of the laws (art. 6)
Right to non-discrimination on grounds of race (art. 6)
Right to non-discrimination on grounds of sex (art. 6)

The Constitution includes other provisions that promote and protect rights relevant for good sexual and reproductive health.

The Constitution expresses the commitment of Côte d'Ivoire to the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in its preamble.

The Constitution refers to the Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen (http://www.justice.gouv.fr/textfond/ddhc.htm) in its preamble:

  • right to liberty and security (art. 2)
  • right to own property (art. 2, art. 17)
  • right to receive and impart information (art. 11)
  • necessary restrictions to ensure that persons do not infringe on one another's rights (art. 4)
The Declaration also provides for the accountability of the administrative branch (art. 15).
Why is that important? It is the value added of human rights to public health to make public authorities accountable for failing to ensure rights. Accountability is also a mechanism to ensure implementation of policies and laws, including those adopted to further individual rights. For further information or research, please contact the Human Rights Working Group.

Although this Constitution does not seem to protect many human rights, it is possible that other texts do provide for such protection, with the same legal value as the Constitution (i.e., binding all branches of the government of Côte d'Ivoire). For additional research or information,, please contact the Human Rights Working Group.