Africa

Kounkinè Augustin Some

Senior Human Rights Advisor, Burkina Faso

Kounkinè Augustin Some is the Senior Human Rights Advisor for ROLI-implemented Human Rights and Access to Justice Program in Burkina Faso. Mr. Some, LLB (Ouagadougou), DEA (Nantes-Paris XII) LLM (Pretoria-American University, Cairo), is a graduate in International Human Rights Law with Specialization in Human Rights and Democratization in Africa and Humanitarian Assistance. He has comprehensive experience in the area of human rights, democratic governance and peacebuilding. Augustin has worked with the Parliament of Burkina Faso as Parliamentary Legal Affairs Officer. He has over 20 years of experience in human rights work in Africa, including 15 years of fieldwork with the United Nations in various senior-level roles, with valuable expertise in capacity development in the area of human rights, rule of law, and civic engagement. In 2013, Mr. Some was awarded the Vera Chirwa Award in human rights, instituted by the University of Pretoria (Center for Human Rights) to recognize alumnus/alumna who epitomizes the true human rights lawyer by making a difference to the protection of human rights or the strengthening of democratization in Africa. Prior to joining the ABA ROLI Burkina Faso Program, Mr. Some headed the Secretariat of the International Commission of Inquiry for Mali, tasked by the UN Secretary General to investigate war crimes, crimes against humanity, crimes of genocide, sexual crimes, and other serious violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law committed during the Malian 2012 conflict. He is also the Founder of the Ouagadougou-based Citizens’ information and documentation Center – Cidoc.