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Investigation into 28 killed within Burkina Faso must be transparent: UN rights chief

Burkina Faso has been around the grip of political instability for several years, and its people have suffered a series of deadly terrorist attacks. The country’s serious humanitarian crisis has observed more than a million people out of place from their homes, victims associated with ongoing conflict and poverty. In a statement launched on Friday, Mr. Türk said that the decision by the government bodies to investigate the deaths had been encouraging, but he added that it should be “prompt, comprehensive, impartial and transparent”. “I have sent a notice to the Minister of International Affairs underlining this specific message”, declared the High Commissioner. “The victims and themselves are owed no less. ” Mr. Türk has previously elevated concerns directly with the authorities regarding the potential human legal rights risks linked to recruitment, arming and deployment of auxiliaries in Burkina Faso. In launching its analysis on 2 January, the Burkina Faso transitional federal government declared that it is “fundamentally opposed to any form of abuse or human rights violations upon any grounds” and reiterated its commitment to protect most of civilians without any distinction. The particular statement noted that there is a good urgent need to strengthen their vetting procedures, pre-deployment education on international human legal rights and humanitarian law, their particular effective supervision by the safety and defence forces and also to ensure inclusion and transparency during their recruitment. The 28 bodies were found in the north-western town of Nouna, in the Kossi Province, within the Boucle du Mouhoun region. According to local sources, the victims, who were all men, were killed when people of the Volontaires pour una Défense de la Patrie (VDP), armed auxiliaries to the defence and security forces, descended on the town, in obvious retaliation for an earlier assault on the group’s military bottom the previous night by suspected members of the Jamāʿat nuṣrat al-islām wal-muslimīn (JNIM) equipped group.

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