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Human Rights in Burkina Faso

Human Rights Concerns

Strained relations between Burkina Faso and neighboring, war-torn Cote d'Ivoire have spurred human rights abuses of prisoners accused of association and/or supplying information to Cote d'Ivoire in regards to a number of issues, hindering all peace efforts.

Burkina Faso also faces a crisis in maternal care, with a maternal mortality rate of 332 deaths per 100,000 births, ranking it 137th in the world.

On February 12, 2010 President Blaise Compaoré met with an Amnesty International delegation and pledged to remove financial barriers to maternal care. Following the report Giving Life, Risking Death released in January, Amnesty members together with local activists launched a maternal mortality caravan, whose success culminated in securing the president’s pledge. Progress has been slow however, and Amnesty urges immediate action to remove remaining financial barriers that prevent women from receiving care.

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April 22, 2016 • Report

Burkina Faso: Forced and early marriage puts thousands of girls at risk

Early and forced marriage in Burkina Faso is robbing thousands of girls as young as 13 of their childhood, while the cost of contraception and other barriers prevent them from choosing if and when to have children, Amnesty International said in a report published today.

February 18, 2016 • Report

Amnesty International State of the World 2015-2016

International protection of human rights is in danger of unravelling as short-term national self-interest and draconian security crackdowns have led to a wholesale assault on basic freedoms and rights, warned Amnesty International as it launched its annual assessment of human rights around the world. “Your rights are in jeopardy: they are being treated with utter contempt by many governments around the world,” said Salil Shetty, Secretary General of Amnesty International.

February 25, 2015 • Report

State of the World 2014/2015

This has been a devastating year for those seeking to stand up for human rights and for those caught up in the suffering of war zones. Governments pay lip service to the importance of protecting civilians. And yet the world's politicians have miserably failed to protect those in greatest need. Amnesty International believes that this can and must finally change.

September 26, 2014 • Report

My Body My Rights

All over the world, people are coerced, criminalized and discriminated against, simply for making choices about their bodies and their lives. In the face of these continuing violations, Amnesty International launches MY BODY MY RIGHTS, a new global campaign to defend sexual and reproductive rights for all.

May 16, 2013 • Report

Annual Report: Burkina Faso 2013

BURKINA FASO Head of state Blaise Compaoré Head of government Luc Adolphe Tiao Demonstrations and clashes took place in the months before the December legislative and municipal elections against a …

March 26, 2011 • Report

WHO country report, current health indicators

WHO country report, current health indicators

March 19, 2011 • Report

Annual Report: Burkina Faso 2010

Head of state Blaise Compaoré Head of government Tertius Zongo Death penalty abolitionist in practice Population 15.8 million Life expectancy 52.7 years Under-5 mortality (m/f) 160/154 per 1,000 Adult literacy …

April 7, 2020 • Press Release

Armed conflicts and state repression in Africa fuel cocktail of human rights violations

HUMAN RIGHTS IN AFRICA: Protesters across sub-Saharan Africa have braved bullets and beatings to defend their rights in the face of continuing conflict and state repression, Amnesty International said today …

April 22, 2016 • Press Release

Burkina Faso: Forced and early marriage puts thousands of girls at risk

Early and forced marriage in Burkina Faso is robbing thousands of girls as young as 13 of their childhood, while the cost of contraception and other barriers prevent them from choosing if and when to have children, Amnesty International said in a report published today.

February 22, 2016 • Press Release

Amnesty International’s Annual State of the World Report Slams Governments, Including the U.S., for Global Assault on Freedoms

On the launch of its 2015 State of the World report, Amnesty International USA urged President Obama to use his last year in office to bring U.S. laws and policies in line with international human rights standards.