Burkina Faso/Justice: Burkina Faso nationals to become stateless, just like French nationals who lose their nationality

In a decisive move aimed at safeguarding the nation’s paramount interests, Burkina Faso’s transitional government, led by President Captain Ibrahim Traoré, has taken a firm stance against local collaborators and Burkinabe abroad engaged in activities detrimental to the country’s dignity and national interests.


This significant decision was reached during a cabinet meeting on July 10, 2024, where an initial draft of the Persons and Family Code (CPF) was adopted, incorporating several crucial amendments.


Central among these revisions is the provision for revoking Burkinabe nationality, specifically targeting individuals whose actions are perceived as undermining the nation’s integrity.


This legislative measure reflects the government’s resolve to sanction those who shamelessly align with external adversaries or engage in subversive activities that tarnish Burkina Faso’s reputation.


The authorities emphasize that numerous Burkinabe, both within and outside the country, instead of promoting national interests, have allied themselves with enemies and conducted subversive actions.


Such individuals, deemed a genuine threat to national security and the efforts of patriotic citizens, are considered undeserving of Burkinabe nationality under these circumstances.


A few days ago, the French courts withdrew the French nationality of the Franco-Beninese activist Kémi Séba on the grounds that he was acting against the country’s interests and had engaged in anti-French behaviour.


He lost his nationality simply because he was committed to working for the freedom of his native continent.


This reinforces Burkina Faso’s stance that those undermining national efforts and orchestrating terrorist activities against their own country should face consequences without impunity.


Once implemented, this law is expected to curtail such disruptive behaviors against a nation striving for sovereignty and security.


Cedric Kaboré



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