Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Burkina Faso State Violence

Burkina Faso’s security forces allegedly executed 31 unarmed detainees in the northern town of Djibo, Human Rights Watch said.

The men, all from the Fulani ethnic group, were allegedly killed just hours after being arrested on April 9 during a government counterterrorism operation, the New York-based rights group said.
The incident took place in Djibo, about 200 kilometres (120 miles) north of the capital Ouagadougou. The victims were taken away in a convoy of about 10 military vehicles including pickup trucks, an armoured car and motorcycles, it said. After hearing gunfire, local people found the bodies of 31 men, last seen in the custody of the security forces, said HRW. Several had had their eyes or hands bound.
It made “a brutal mockery of a counterterrorism operation that may amount to a war crime and could fuel further atrocities”, said Corinne Dufka, the HRW’s director for the Sahel region.

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