African Court on Human and People’s Rights Judgment on the Norbert Zongo’s Case

Nobert Zongo: Retrieved from Reporters without borders website (

Reporters without Borders, has hailed the decision of the African Court on Human and People’s Rights in the Nobert Zongo’s case. On 5th June 2015, the Court ordered Burkina Faso authorities to resume investigations in the case and bring to justice the perpetrators behind the killing of Zongo and his three companions.

The Court further ordered the Burkina Faso state to offer compensation to the families of the victims and to act urgently in correcting an injustice that has lasted too long. Moreover, it gave the state six months to provide a full report on the progress of the Zongo case and its efforts towards fighting this injustice.

Nobert Zongo, founder and editor of L’Independant was murdered in 1998 while investigating the alleged involvement of president Blaise Compaore’s brother in his driver’s murder.

The initial investigations into the murder came to a close in 2006 when the judge in charge of the investigation, dismissed the case against the only person charged with Zongo’s murder citing lack of enough evidence against him. This caused an outrage among civil society and human rights defenders.

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