Authorities in Burkina Faso should tackle violence by local self-defence groups, investigate alleged torture by police and protect women and girls at risk of early and forced marriages, Amnesty International said today in its submission to the country’s UN Universal Periodic Review.
The UPR report, Burkina Faso: difficult journey towards human rights respect, assesses the country’s human rights framework and calls on the government to address wide-ranging impunity for human rights abuses.
“ ‘From torture in police custody to killings of protestors, our research shows that Burkina Faso still has a long way to go in tackling impunity,” said Gaetan Mootoo, Amnesty International West Africa researcher.
"If the government wants to send a clear message that it is committed to strengthen the respect of human rights in Burkina Faso, these issues must be satisfactorily addressed immediately.”
Self-defence groups operating outside the law