Burkina Faso: 2nd Periodic Report, 2003-2009


The report covers the period from 2003 to 2009. The first part contains general information on the legal and institutional framework. The second part contains an overview of measures taken to implement the Charter, covering civil and political rights; economic, social and cultural rights; specific rights; peoples' rights; and the responsibilities stipulated in the Charter. With Appendices: Constitution and relevant decrees.

From the Conclusion:

"199. The will of the State to take into account the « human rights » dimension in its political activities is translated by rather remarkable normative and institutional developments. Towards this end a normative and institutional human rights protector framework has been put in place.

200. Burkina Faso has made considerable progress in Human Rights between 2003 and 2009. The legal framework for the promotion and protection of human rights is constituted by the International Conventions ratified by Burkina Faso as well as the rights recognized and guaranteed by the Constitution of 11 June 1991. The Burkinabè State endeavours to ensure a better protection of human rights. This has been stimulated even more by the awakening of consciousness to the fundamental values of human rights and citizens’ demands for the respect of these rights.

201. Despite the efforts being deployed by the State for the protection and promotion of human rights, the paucity of resources constitutes an objective barrier to the effective realization of these rights. Several challenges remain to be addressed, notably in the areas of Education and Health. Conscious of these challenges, Burkina Faso has undertaken, with the support of its partners, to develop concrete initiatives to solve the identified problems. These will undoubtedly contribute to strengthening the effectiveness of human rights. It should be noted that the global situation of human rights has improved positively from 2003-2009 with specific regard to some civil and political rights.

202. Convinced that the genuine effectiveness of human rights in a country constitutes security for peace and for lasting development, Burkina Faso is working and will continue to work more in this regard to firmly establish human rights. This can be achieved necessarily through the combat against poverty which constitutes a major obstacle especially with regard to the realization of numerous rights."

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