Burkina Faso


    Burkina Faso still awaiting justice for Sankara and Zongo murders
    12.12.16
    Gaël Cogné in Ouagadougou

    December 13 marks 18 years since the assassination of journalist Norbert Zongo in Burkina Faso. Civil society organizations are organizing commemorations.  But the Zongo family is not alone in demanding justice. Those close to former president Thomas Sankara, killed 29 years ago, are also waiting for justice, but without much hope, since the leading suspect, ex-president Blaise Compaoré, still has long reach even if he was chased from power two years ago by a popular uprising.  Hopes of justice in the two cases were kindled after the uprising at the end of October 2014 that ousted Blaise...

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    Two years after their uprising, people of Burkina Faso want justice
    08.11.16
    Ephrem Rugiririza, JusticeInfo.Net

    At the end of October 2014, mass demonstrations spread like wildfire through the towns of Burkina Faso. They were in protest at a planned change to the Constitution aimed at allowing President Blaise Compaoré to run for a fifth term. Faced with the unprecedented determination of the people, Compaoré finally stepped down after 27 years in power, leaving some 30 protesters shot dead at the hands his security forces. Two years later, several local organizations are calling for justice, not only for the “heroes” of the 2014 uprising but also victims of the resistance to the September 2015...

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    Justice vs impunity, from Burkina to Colombia
    28.09.15
    François Sergent

    Whether in Colombia, Burkina Faso, Mali or the Central African Republic, transitional justice, democracy and reconciliation advanced in fits and starts. The agreement reached between FARC rebels and the Colombian president, symbolized by a photo of the former enemies shaking hands, represents real hope of an end to the longest war on the South American continent, which has left more than 200,000 dead in 50 years. Peace has a chance. The negotiations had stalled on the debate around justice and impunity. The parties have now drawn up a complex deal under which a special jurisdiction will...

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    No amnesty for assassins, says Burkina Faso civil rights leader
    23.09.15
    Claude-Olivier Volluz, Justiceinfo.net Ouagadougou correspondent

    Rapper and activist Serge Bambara, alias Smockey, was one of the first to condemn the September 16 coup by Burkina Faso’s presidential guard (RSP). He is leader of civil society group Le Balais citoyen (“Sweep it out”) and was also in the frontline of October 2014 demonstrations that pushed long-time former president Blaise Compaoré to leave office. Smockey slams the idea of an amnesty for the coup leaders in exchange for a return to the transition process, as put forward in a draft crisis proposal from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in an emergency meeting in...

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    Burkina Faso : timeline
    21.09.15
    AFP

    Here are the main developments since last week's coup in the west African country of Burkina Faso brought to power Gilbert Diendere, an aide to ousted president Blaise Compaore. Compaore was toppled in October 2014 and fled into exile in Ivory Coast following a popular uprising triggered by an attempt to extend his 27-year rule. A transitional government was charged with running the poverty-stricken country prior to presidential and legislative elections initially scheduled for October 11.   - Thursday, September 17 -    General Gilbert Diendere takes over as head of a new National Democratic Council a day after members of Compaore's powerful Presidential Security Regiment (RSP)...

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    Burkina Faso, From Compaoré's fall to military coup
    17.09.15
    AFP

    Key dates in the west African state of Burkina Faso from the fall of ex-president Blaise Compaore to the power grab by the Presidential Security Regiment (RSP) on Thursday.   -- 2014 -- - October 31: After a 27-year rule marked by assassinations and growing public unrest, Compaore steps down and takes refuge in Ivory Coast. Suspicious deaths during his rule include that of Norbert Zongo, a journalist killed in 1998 who was probing a murder that might have had links to Compaore's brother Francois. - November 1: Lieutenant Colonel Issac Zida, second-in-command of the RSP, takes power. Zida promises a transition within a "constitutional framework". - November 16: The army and civilian...

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    Burkina Faso : the end of democratic transition
    17.09.15
    Romaric Ollo HIEN, AFP

    Burkina Faso's presidential guard declared a coup Thursday after arresting the interim president and key government figures as the country prepared for its first elections since the overthrow of longtime leader Blaise Compaore. Lieutenant-Colonel Mamadou Bamba declared on national television that a new "National Democratic Council" had put an end "to the deviant regime of transition" and would form a government leading to "inclusive and peaceful elections". General Gilbert Diendere, Compaore's former chief-of-staff, was appointed head of the council, which announced a night-time curfew...

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    “Historic Decision” of African Court on Murdered Burkina Faso Journalist
    11.06.15
    Ephrem Rugiririza,JusticeInfo.Net, Arusha

    Reporters Without Borders (RSF) on Monday hailed as “historic” an African Court on Human and People’s Rights (ACHPR) order that Burkina Faso must reopen investigations into the 1998 murder of journalist Norbert Zongo and three of his companions. In its June 5 decision the Court, based in the northern Tanzanian town of Arusha, also ordered Ouagadougou to pay financial compensation of 25 million CFA francs (about 38,000 Euros) to each of their spouses, 15 million to each of their children and 10 million to each of the parents of Zongo and his companions. Zongo, the founder and director of...

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