Overview

People in Burkina Faso have generally enjoyed the rights to associate, assemble peacefully and express themselves. However these rights are often unfairly restricted. During the removal of the president in 2014 and the short-lived coup of September 2015, peaceful protests were violently repressed by the Presidential Security Regiment and restrictions on freedom of expression increased, including attacks on journalists and human rights defenders. Since civilian rule was restored and fresh elections held, civil society hopes have been raised that the new government will strengthen democracy in the country by breathing life into the constitutional provisions that guarantee these rights.