Burkina Faso: concern following the disappearance of Boukary Ouedraogo, member of the CISC of Kaya

A street in Kaya, Burkina Faso (illustration image). RFI/Pierre Pinto

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Human rights defenders have been deeply concerned since the disappearance of a member of civil society from Kaya, in north-central Burkina Faso. The relatives of Boukary Ouedraogo, of the organization L'Appel de Kaya, have not heard from him since Wednesday, March 22.


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Boukary Ouedraogo had questioned the authorities, a few days before March 22, on the security situation in the commune of Tombouri. The disappearance of Boukary Ouedraogo comes as the president of the transition, Captain Ibrahim Traoré, was visiting Kaya. According to the Collective against Impunity and Stigmatization of Communities (CISC), witnesses saw Boukary Ouedraogo being arrested.


On 22 March, civil society leader Boukary Ouedraogo was kidnapped and taken to an unknown destination. It was at the Kaya military camp where he was picked up by the SDF (Defence and Security Forces). It was in front of witnesses – his comrades – and also in front of other civilian populations who were waiting to enter into an audience with the president of the transition. We have no news of him and we do not know where he is exactly. This situation is very worrying for human rights," Daouda Diallo, head of the CISC, told RFI.

The activist continued: "What we demand is very clear: the immediate and unconditional release of Mr. Boukary Ouedraogo, secondly, that the authorities respect the constitutional provisions on freedom of expression and clearly understand that we cannot get out of this crisis without respect for human rights, without respect for justice and without procedural standards.


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