A prompt and open investigation into the murder of 28 individuals in northern Burkina Faso has been demanded by the UN commissioner. The victims, according to a rights organization, belonged to a traditional hunting community.
Volker Turk, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, demanded on Saturday a prompt, open, and objective investigation into the murders of 28 men discovered on Monday in the town of Nouna in northwest Burkina Faso.
Earlier in the week, Nouna Public Prosecutor Armel Sama, said “most of the victims, all of them males, were shot dead” but did not provide details on possible perpetrators or motives behind the attack.
According to the authorities, the remains were found on December 30 and 31, and an investigation is still ongoing.
Turk added that he was encouraged that investigators were looking into the incident “I urge them to make sure the inquiry is swift, exhaustive, unbiased, and transparent and to hold everyone accountable, regardless of rank or position. No less is owed to the victims and their loved ones.”