Bu­jum­bura re­jects UN re­port

The East African - - NEWS - By MOSES HAVYARIMANA Spe­cial Cor­re­spon­dent

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

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