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Burkina Faso


Association Burkinabe pour la Survie de l’Enfant (ABSE)

Association Burkinabe pour la Survie de l’Enfant (ABSE) is a Non-Governmental Development Organisation that was established on July 21, 1991 to work for the survival, protection and full development of the children in Burkina Faso.

Association Keoogo

Association Keoogo is an organization based in Ouagadougou aiming to provide protection services to street-living children, women and other vulnerable groups. Keoogo mainly works to provide protection services to children and training on their rights, aiming to achieve better integration into society.  

The word “Keoogo” is borrowed from the national language Mooré, meaning “initiatory space”. In traditional Mossi society, Keoogo refers to the journey from childhood to adulthood and the values transmitted along.   


52% of women aged 20-24 in 2016 were married before the age of 18 years and 10% of them were married before the age of 15, often without having received any education (60%). Only 3% of women married underage received a secondary or higher education.

In November 2015 and January 2016, numerous representatives from law enforcement forces, judicial institutions and social services participated to workshops organized by the International Bureau for Children’s Rights, with the partnership of Global Affairs Canada, to promote the protection of children.

A law addressing the prevention, repression and reparation of violence against women and girls was adopted in September 2015. It criminalises forced marriage, sexual tortures, sexual slavery and sexual extortion. The law provides for the creation of special units in the police and in the Courts as well as special centres for the victims.


ECPAT International
Overview of research findings: Sexual exploitation of children in the context of travel and transport in Burkina Faso, Côte D’ivoire, Guinea and Niger

Year: 2023

ECPAT International
Burkina Faso – Country Monitoring Report

Year: 2016


News from Burkina Faso


Age of Consent

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Extraterritoriality & Extradition


Burkinese law provides for active and passive extraterritoriality over offenses committed outside Burkina Faso by Burkinese citizens or against a Burkinese citizen. Habitual residents are not included. Double criminality is required for proceeding with extraterritorial jurisdiction. The Criminal Code provides for universal jurisdiction over certain crimes but SEC offences are not included.

Extradition of Burkinese nationals is permitted and grounds for refusal can be found in Article 519-3 of the Code of Criminal Procedure. In case of refusal, Burkinese courts must prosecute the crimes (principle of aut dedere aut judicare). Double criminality is required for proceeding with extraditions as they will only be granted if offences are punishable by Burkinese law with imprisonment of at least two years. If extradition is requested to serve a sentence, it will only be granted if the time is not less than six months. There is no specific provision on extradition of SEC offences in the law.

Criminal Code Code of Criminal Procedure ECOWAS Convention on Extradition, 2018, 2019, 1994

CSAM Definition

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Background Check Required

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National Commitments

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Child Advocacy Centers

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SEC Police Unit

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Protection Standards Travel and Tourism

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Public SEC Case Data

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