In Burkina Faso, the president of the transition, Paul Henri Sandaogo Damiba, declared on Friday, May 21, to the Forces vives in the Hauts Bassins region, in Bobo Dioulasso, that he was against compensation to the victims of the popular uprising. and the Yirgou massacre. The initial reactions are very critical.
Nearly 200 people were killed by civilian militias, in Yirgou, in the central province of Sanmatenga, on January 1, 2019.
Dr Daouda Diallo, Secretary General of the Collective Against Impunity and Stigma of Societies, reached by RFI, responds to President Damiba’s comments:
“Victims do not ask for compensation; they demand justice. Justice makes it possible to know who to forgive, to avoid recidivism, repetition of crime. In the case of Yirgou, the investigation was able to clearly identify 180 suspects involved in the crime and 180 arrest warrants were signed. Only 16 people were arrested and 11 are now in prison. The investigating judge is still in the case, but it must be said that it is very difficult because we have just made the bitter observation that the politician does not want to support so that justice is done. Today, it is President Damiba who wants to impose forgiveness on the victims, but one must know the culprit, to know who to forgive.
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