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Burkina Faso

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December 2022

Following several days during which rumours of an attempted coup d’état circulated on social media, Capt. Ibrahim Traore, the leader of the military junta that took power in Burkina Faso’s second coup of 2022 in September, claimed that a coup plot had been foiled. No one was reported to have been arrested. Capt. Traore claimed that he knew who was responsible and would engage them in dialogue.

October 2022
Red flag

On 30 September, Burkina Faso experienced its second coup d’état in the space of eight months. Lt Col Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba had taken power in a coup in January. He was removed from office in a relatively peaceful coup led by Capt Ibrahim Traore, who cited setbacks in the conflict between the Burkinabe military and Islamist insurgents as a justification for removing Lt Col Damiba. On 21 October, Capt Traore formally took office as transitional president. He is expected to remain in office until after elections that are planned for July 2024. Capt Traore has expressed interest in working with “new partners” in the country’s conflict with jihadist movements, and the leader of the Russian mercenary Wagner Group expressed his support for the coup.

August 2022
Watch flag

In mid-August audio messages calling for violence against the Fulani ethnic minority group began to circulate on WhatsApp groups in Burkina Faso. The messages sought to use the recent jihadist violence in the country as incitement for ethnic violence. The government of Burkina Faso was quick to issue a public condemnation of the messages. This was echoed in a separate statement joined by 700 Imams.

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GSoD Indices Data 2012-2021

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Basic Information

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Population Tooltip
21 497 100
System of government
Presidential system
Head of government
Prime Minister Apollinaire Joachim Kyélem de Tambèla (since 2022)
Head of government party
Not applicable
Electoral system for lower or single chamber
List Proportional Representation
Women in lower or single chamber Tooltip
19.7%
Women in upper chamber Tooltip
Not applicable
Last legislative election
2020
Effective number of political parties Tooltip
6.45
Head of state
President Ibrahim Traoré (de facto)
Selection process for head of state
Direct election (two-round majority)
Latest Universal Periodic Review (UPR) date
07/05/2018
Latest Universal Periodic Review (UPR) percentage of recommendations supported
90.20%
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Human Rights Treaties

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United Nations Human Right Treaties
International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
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International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
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International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination
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Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women
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Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment
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Convention on the Rights of the Child
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International Convention on Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families
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International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance 
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International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
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International Labour Organisation Treaties
Forced Labour Convention
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Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organise Convention
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Right to Organise and Collective Bargaining Convention
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Equal Remuneration Convention
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Abolition of Forced Labour Convention
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Discrimination (Employment and Occupation) Convention
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Convention concerning Minimum Age for Admission to Employment
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Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention
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Regional Treaties
African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights
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GSoD Indices

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