Bujumbura rejects UN report
A REPORT RELEASED last week by the UN Commission of Inquiry on Burundi on the gross human rights violations in the country in the past two years has not been presented at the ongoing UN Human Rights Council’s 39th session in Geneva due to lack of co-operation from Bujumbura.
The UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Kate Gilmore expressed frustration for the missed opportunity for her office to provide an objective assessment of the human rights situation in Burundi.
Under a resolution adopted in September 2017, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights expected last week to present its final report to the UN Human Rights Council.
“It is worrying that the team was prevented from doing the prescribed work and there has been no discussion of the memorandum of understanding between OHCHR and Burundi,” she said.
The report alleges serious human-rights violations, some of which constitute crimes against humanity.
In response to the damning report made public by the UN team led by Doudou Diène, Burundi declared Mr Diene and two other members of the commission persona non grata, accusing them of trying to destabilise the country.
In a letter written by the Burundi’s Foreign Affairs Minister Ezechiel Nibigira, the government said it was disappointed by the “false and defamatory report”.
“Burundi cannot co-operate with the commission imposed by UN and the European Union. We are ready to co-operate with all kinds of organisations, but not those imposed on us,” Burundi Human Rights Minister Martin Nivyabandi told