Human rights defenders have been deeply concerned since a member of civil society disappeared in Kaya, in the center-north of Burkina Faso. Boukary Ouedraogo, a member of the organization in Kaya, has not been heard from since Wednesday, March 22, and his relatives are worried.
Boukary Ouedraogo had questioned the authorities, a few days before March 22, on the security situation in the town of Tombouri. The disappearance of Boukary Ouedraogo comes as the president of the transition, captain Ibrahim Traoré, paid a visit to Kaya. According to the Collective against the impunity and stigmatization of communities (CISC), witnesses saw Boukary Ouedraogo being arrested.
“It was on March 22 that civil society leader Boukary Ouedraogo was kidnapped and taken to an unknown destination. At the Kaya military camp where he was picked up by the FDS (Defence and Security Forces). It was in front of witnesses – his comrades – and also in front of other civilian populations who were waiting to enter into the audience with the president of the transition. We have no news of him and we don’t know where he is exactly. This situation is highly worrying for human rights,” said Daouda Diallo, head of CISC.