People in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Editorial credit: Dave Primov /

Burkina Faso

Presidential and legislative elections held in 2015 and 2020 have laid a foundation for the continued development of democratic institutions in Burkina Faso. While civil society and organized labor remain strong forces for democracy, Burkinabè also face continued insecurity and violence from armed militant groups, militia groups, and government forces.

People gather in Myanmar to protest the February 1, 2021 military coup. (Image credit: Stringer/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Freedom in the World — Burkina Faso Country Report

Burkina Faso is rated Partly Free in Freedom in the World 2022, Freedom House's annual study of political rights and civil liberties worldwide.