The United Nations has called on the military in Burkina Faso to release the detained President Roch Marc Christian Kabore and other government officials.
The UN Human Rights Office, while condemning the military takeover in the West African country, declaring that releasing the detained President and other officials was crucial to preserve democratic space in the West African nation and ensure that the rule of law is respected.
“We call on the military to immediately release President Roch Marc Christian Kabore and other high-level officials who have been detained. We urge a swift return to constitutional order,” spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani told reporters in Geneva on Tuesday.
It would be recalled that Michelle Bachelet, the UN high commissioner for human rights, had visited Burkina Faso in November 2021, when she stressed the importance of preserving the democratic and human rights gains made there.
“The high commissioner deeply deplores the military takeover of power in Burkina Faso,” Shamdasani said.
It would be recalled that soldiers in Burkina Faso on Monday announced on state television that they had seized power following a mutiny over the civilian president’s failure to contain an Islamist insurgency.
A junior officer announced the suspension of the constitution, the dissolution of the government and parliament, and the closure of the country’s borders.
According to Shamdasani, Bachelet observed during the visit in November, mounting frustration and impatience with the deteriorating security situation.
“In the face of the security threats and tremendous humanitarian challenges facing the country, it is more important than ever to ensure that the rule of law, constitutional order, and the country’s obligations under international human rights law are fully respected.
“It is crucial for democratic space to be effectively protected, to ensure people are able to air their grievances and aspirations, and to participate in meaningful dialogue to work towards addressing the many crises in the country.”
The UN human rights office however pledged to continue monitoring the human rights situation in Burkina Faso.