Burkina Faso has ratified the following documents:
  • African (Banjul) Charter on Human and People's Rights
  • Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhumane, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment
  • Convention on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women
  • Convention on the Rights of the Child
  • International Convention on Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination
  • International Covenant Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
  • International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
The following documents further define the obligations of Burkina Faso:
  • Beijing +5: Further Actions and Initiatives to Implement the Beijing Platform for Action
  • Beijing Platform for Action
  • Cairo Programme of Action
  • UN Special Session on HIV/AIDS (UNGASS) Declaration of Commitment
  • Universal Declaration of Human Rights
The documents listed above require Burkina Faso to protect and promote the following rights:

Right to development
Right to education
Right to equal protection of the law
Right to freedom from inhuman or degrading treatment
Right to highest attainable standard of physical and mental health
Right to housing
Right to just and favorable work conditions
Right to liberty and security of the person
Right to life and survival
Right to marry and found a family
Right to non-discrimination on grounds of age
Right to non-discrimination on grounds of disability (i.e. HIV positive)
Right to non-discrimination on grounds of marital status
Right to non-discrimination on grounds of race and ethnicity
Right to non-discrimination on grounds of sex and gender
Right to non-discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation
Right to private and family life
Right to receive and impart information
Right to the benefits of scientific progress

Constitutional Protection of Rights

The Constitution of Burkina Faso can be viewed at http://www.legiburkina.bf/codes/constitution_du_burkina_faso.htm

The Constitution of Burkina Faso is an important tool for the protection and promotion of human rights. It enables Burkina Faso to translate international agreements into domestic law. It obliges all branches of government to respect and ensure the rights it enunciates. It specifically refers to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the African Charter on Human and People?s Rights (preamble).

The Constitution provides for the protection of the following rights, among others. This empowers individuals in making reproductive health decisions, and helps create economic and social conditions conducive to good sexual and reproductive health.

Right to a clean and health environment (art. 29)
Right to education (art. 18, art. 27)
Right to the equal protection of the laws (art. 1, art. 4)
Right to freely consent to marriage (art. 23)
Right to freedom from torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment (art. 2)
Right to freedom of association (art. 7, art. 21)
Right to freedom of enterprise (art. 16)
Right to freedom of expression and opinion (art. 8)
Right to freedom of movement (art. 9)
Right to health (art. 18, art. 26)
Right to liberty (art. 3) and security (art. 2)
Right to life (art. 2)
Right to housing (art. 18)
Right to just and favorable work conditions (art. 20)
Right to non discrimination on grounds of race (art. 3)
Right to non discrimination on grounds of sex (art. 3)
Right to non discrimination in relation to marriage (art. 23)
Right to own property (art. 15) and to transfer it freely (art. 25)
Right to private and family life (art. 6)
Right to participate in the affairs of government (art. 12)
Right to receive and impart information (art. 8)
Right to social security (art. 18)
Right to work (art. 18, art. 19 )

The Constitution includes other provisions that promote and protect rights relevant for good sexual and reproductive health.

It obliges Burkina Faso to provide special protection to the family (art. 23), mothers and children (art. 18), and to promote the rights of the child (art. 24). It specifically mandates Burkina Faso to promote health (art. 26).