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    The Administrative Council is concerned about the forced mobilization of Burkinabè activist Daouda Diallo | City of Geneva

    On December 1, when he left the Ouagadougou passport service where he had come to renew his travel documents, Mr. Diallo was kidnapped by four unidentified men and taken by force in a vehicle. A photo of him in military clothing appeared three days later on social media. This kidnapping follows the announcement in November of the enlistment of several personalities from civil society and the media, under a decree on general mobilization.

    Daouda Diallo and the CISC are key players in the non-violent search for solutions to restore the social fabric in vulnerable communities. Subjecting him to forced recruitment is obviously a punitive measure, which flouts the judicial decision of the Ouagadougou Administrative Court ordering the suspension of this type of measure. Other people, including another CISC member, were also victims of attempted kidnappings.

    This situation is a clear violation of the law of June 27, 2017 protecting human rights defenders in Burkina Faso, which punishes in its article 25 the forced disappearance of a human rights defender. It was further reported that Mr. Daouda Diallo was being treated for a shoulder injury, and that his recruitment, in such a state of health, exposed him to a disproportionate risk.

    The Administrative Council calls on the international community to send a strong protest to the Burkinabè government so that it respects the commitments made in Geneva during the Universal Periodic Review of Burkina Fasoas well as the conventions to which it is a signatory in order to protect all people against enforced disappearances.

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