Pro-democracy protesters chant slogans against military rule at Place de la Nation in Ouagadougou, capital of Burkina Faso, November 2, 2014
Pro-democracy protesters chant slogans against military rule at Place de la Nation in Ouagadougou, capital of Burkina Faso, November 2, 2014

Burkina Faso will soon set up a national observatory to prevent inter-ethnic clashes, a source from the country’s Ministry for Human Rights and Civic Promotion said Wednesday.

Pro-democracy protesters chant slogans against military rule at Place de la Nation in Ouagadougou, capital of Burkina Faso, November 2, 2014
Pro-democracy protesters chant slogans against military rule at Place de la Nation in Ouagadougou, capital of Burkina Faso, November 2, 2014

According to the ministry which recently validated a report of a study on the state of conflicts, there will be need for defining a national strategy on prevention and management of conflicts on one hand, and on the other, coming up with a legal framework for establishing a national observatory for conflict prevention in Burkina Faso.
Official statistics show that out of a total of 2,471 cases of inter-ethnic conflicts that were reported between 2012-2014, 50 percent were conflicts between farmers and pastoralists, while 29 percent were land related conflicts.
The observatory’s objective will be to harmonize efforts of different actors intervening in the resolution of conflicts, to promote peaceful cohabitation between communities.
In early June, clashes between residents of two villages in southwest Burkina Faso left three people dead, 20 injured and hundreds others displaced. Enditem

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