Burkina Faso

National Assembly

Specialized body - Human rights

Committee on General, Institutional and Human Rights Affairs
(January 1992)

About

Nature
Permanent

Members

Number of members
All MembersBelow 45 years of age
Total225
Men205
Women20
Political affiliation of members
Majority parties
15
Opposition parties
8
Independent
0

Chairperson(s)

Chairperson: Sex
Male
Political affiliation
Majority

Chairperson

Chairperson: Sex
Male
Age: Chairperson is below 45 years of age
Yes
Political affiliation
Majority

Committee functions

Committee functions
Mainstream human rights into the work of (other) parliamentary committees and of Parliament as a whole
Yes
Obtain information from the Executive about the justification for actions or inaction which affect human rights
Yes
Monitor the adequacy of the existing national system for the protection of human rights
Yes
Other important functions, please specify
Examines projects and draft legislation on policies (electoral code), status of public officials, and judicial texts.

Committee involvement in international human rights reporting mechanisms

Committee involvement in international human rights reporting mechanisms
Consulted in the preparation of national report to the UN Human Rights Council
No
Included in the official delegation which orally presented the most recent national report to the Council
Yes
Conducted hearings with the Executive about its plans to implement these conclusions and recommendations
Yes

Committee powers

The Committee has the power to:
Propose amendments to legislation
Yes
Initiate parliamentary debates on its reports or on subjects of its choosing
Yes
Make recommendations to the Executive
Yes
Access places of detention without notice
Yes

Committee working methods

The Committee:
Adopts an annual or longer-term work plan
Yes
Usually reaches consensus on the issues on which it reports
Yes
Systematically follows up its reports and recommendations
Yes
Reports regularly to Parliament on its activities
Yes
Number of specialised staff to service committee
5

Cooperation and coordination

The Committee regularly cooperates and coordinates (e.g. through sharing of reports; meetings; joint follow-up action) with:
Other parliamentary committees
Often
Civil society organisations
Always
National Human Rights Institution(s) Often called “Commissions” and/or “Ombudspersons” in the area of human rights
Often
Academic institutions, including research institutes on human rights and the rule of law
Often
The media
Often

Contact information for the Committee