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CGHR Research Group: "A murdered journalist and the puncturing of a culture of impunity in Burkina Faso: the pursuit of justice for Norbert Zongo"

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At the end of October 2017 French authorities acted on a six-month-old international arrest warrant issued by a judge in Ouagadougou and at Charles de Gaulle arrested the brother of the former President of Burkina Faso. Francois Compaoré was wanted in connection with a recently re-opened inquiry into the murder, in 1998, of renowned Burkinabè journalist Norbert Zongo, an event which precipitated unprecedented mass mobilisation on the streets, with the population “thirsty for justice”. In this presentation, Thomas Probert—who has for the past three years been researching the impact of national commissions of inquiry in Africa—will introduce the Government’s response, its reception, work, and impact, and then trace the way in which this marked the beginning of a two-decade-long process of insisting upon justice for a flagrant violation of the right to life.

This talk is part of the Centre of Governance and Human Rights Events series.

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