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Universal Periodic Review 30: Burkina Faso

This UK statement was delivered during the 30th session of the Universal Period Review during the discussion of Burkina Faso's Human Rights Record on 7 May 2018.

Palais des Nations
The Universal Periodic Review takes place at the Palais des Nations in Geneva

We thank Burkina Faso for their presentation today.

We note Burkina Faso has maintained a moratorium and taken steps to repeal the death penalty. We would call on the government to announce an abolition of the death penalty in all circumstances.

We welcome adoption of human rights legislation though would like to see greater focus on tackling violence against women, combatting human trafficking, ensuring access to education, especially for girls, and efforts to counter radicalisation.

We also reiterate our desire to see further progress to ensure independence of the judiciary

We recommend:

  • ratification the Second Optional Protocol to the ICCPR, with the ultimate aim of abolishing the death penalty in all circumstances

  • development and implementation of an anti-trafficking strategy

  • adopting an open, merit-based process when selecting national candidates for UN Treaty Body elections

Published 8 May 2018