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Guilty verdict in Sankara trial shows power of activists to fight impunity in Burkina Faso

Guilty verdict in Sankara trial shows power of activists to fight impunity in Burkina Faso

ON April 6, 2022, a military tribunal in Burkina Faso found 11 men, including the former president, Blaise Compaoré, guilty of “attacks on state security, complicity in murder and concealment of a corpse.” This marked a historic moment for the West African nation. The trial which began in October 2021 was intended to uncover the truth behind the 1987 assassination of Burkina Faso’s revered leader, Thomas Sankara. Author PHYLLIS TAOUA, Professor of Francophone Studies (Africa, Caribbean), Faculty Affiliate with Africana Studies, World Literature Program and Human Rights Pracice, University of Arizona In practical terms, the verdict may not have an…
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