EDITORIAL | Burkina Faso’s insistence that justice be served ...


EDITORIAL | Burkina Faso’s insistence that justice be served sends the right message

Blaise Compaore’s indictment for assassination of Thomas Sankara shows Africa is tired of human rights abusers


In a small west African country with minimal global influence, a major decision was taken this week that would send a chilling message to many human rights abusers across the continent who believe themselves to be invincible.

A military court, itself an undemocratic institution, announced that it has indicted ousted Burkina Faso president Blaise Compaore for the 1987 assassination of his widely popular predecessor, Thomas Sankara.

For over three decades Sankara’s family and his supporters around the continent and the African diaspora have been fighting to have Compaore and his “co-conspirators” prosecuted for the brutal killing...

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