Concerned by escalating violence in Burkina Faso, Ban urges respect for all citizens

Protesters burn tires on the streets of Ouagadogou, Burkina Faso, following the government takeover by members of the presidential guard. Photo: Brahima Ouedraogo/IRIN

22 September 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is following with “great concern” the situation in Burkina Faso, and today called upon the country’s defence and security forces to avoid at all costs an escalation of violence and to ensure the respect for physical security and human rights of all Burkinabé citizens.

Mr. Ban also reiterated his call for “a swift resumption of the transition process to enable Burkina Faso’s return to constitutional order with the holding of presidential and legislative elections in accordance with the Constitution and the Transitional Charter,” Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric told reporters today during the regular briefing at UN Headquarters.

President Michel Kafando, Prime Minister Yacouba Isaac Zida and several Government ministers were detained last Wednesday and later released by elements of the Presidential Guard.

Meanwhile, as the Secretary-General follows the ongoing regional mediation efforts towards the resolution of the crisis, his Special Representative for West Africa, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, is coordinating with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the African Union and other international partners to support and safeguard the transition in the country.

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