Burkina Faso: 1st Periodic Report, 1998-2002


This report was submitted four years after the initial report and it seeks to present the developments in the rule of law in Burkina Faso and the new measures adopted in the area of protecting and promoting the rights provided for under the African Charter in the period from 1998 to 2002.

The Report consists of four parts:

  1. Civil and Political Rights (General framework of application of civil and political rights; Application of fundamental freedoms, rights and duties)
  2. Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (General conditions for the application of economic, social and cultural rights; Promotion and protection of economic, social and cultural rights)
  3. Peoples’ Rights
  4. Duties Stipulated in the Charter

According to the government, it was drafted in line with the following basic principles:

  • Compliance with the general guidelines of the ACHPR concerning the drafting  of periodic reports, with a view to improving the legibility and understanding of such reports for all readers.
  • Consultation with various parties involved in the promotion and protection of human rights.
  • Transparency and relevance of the information concerning the general and specific framework of human rights in Burkina Faso.

From the Conclusion:
"The legal framework for the promotion, protection and defence of human rights is favourable to the expansion and enjoyment of these rights. The legal and institutional framework has recently been strengthened through the entrenchment of the process of democratisation, and with the setting up of institutions specifically charged with promoting and protecting human rights. The  main foundation for the rule of law has thus been laid.... In spite of all the efforts made, protection of human rights is not yet optimum. Whereas civil and political rights are increasingly respected, enjoyment of economic and social rights is limited. This is due to a large extent to the difficult economic situation of the country. Making them a reality is a daily undertaking on the part of all stakeholders."

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