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Burkina Faso: Arrest Warrant Issued for Former President

(Jan. 6, 2016) On December 21, 2015, Burkina Faso’s military court issued an international arrest warrant for the country’s former President, Blaise Compaoré. An international warrant was necessary because Compaoré has been living in the Cote d’Ivoire, a country on the southwestern border of Burkina Faso. He is charged with having a role in the […]

Burkina Faso: General Charged in Coup Attempt

(Oct. 14, 2015) On October 6, 2015, General Gilbert Diendere of Burkina Faso and Djibril Bassole, the country’s former foreign minister, were each charged with 11 crimes related to the attempted coup of September 2015. Diendere, who surrendered following the end of the coup attempt, will be tried by a military tribunal for charges including […]

Burkina Faso: New Mining Code Adopted

(July 21, 2015) Burkina Faso’s National Transitory Council (Conseil National de la Transition, CNT, the country’s interim parliament) adopted a new mining code on June 26, 2015, to replace the 2003 code. (Anapaula Trindade Marinho, Burkina Faso, New Mining Code Adopted, TAX NEWS SERVICE (July 14, 2015), International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation online subscription database; […]

Burkina Faso: Tax Reform in Place

(Feb. 12, 2010) On January 28 and 29, 2010, Burkina Faso's Parliament adopted new legislation to reform the tax system in the country. The changes include introducing a corporate income tax instead of the existing schedule of taxes on business and industrial income, ending the exemptions from taxation previously granted for capital gains that are […]

Burkina Faso: Government Effort to Register Citizens

(June 2, 2009) In response to a recommendation of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child, the government of Burkina Faso has announced a national program to register all citizens in the next 12 months, at a cost of over US$4 million. It is estimated that about 5.5 million people, mostly women […]

Burkina Faso: U.N. Program to Fight Child Marriage

(Apr. 6, 2009) Girls must be over the age of 16 to marry legally in Burkina Faso, with an exception that may be granted by a court when there are serious grounds to permit marriage a year earlier (Part II, Title II, art. 238, CODE DES PERSONNES ET DE LA FAMILLE (Nov. 16, 1989) (Ouagadougou, […]