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Burundi government delegation boycott interactive dialogue on Human rights violations

This 17 September 2018, the UN experts presented their report on human rights violation in Burundi without the delegation of Burundi government.

During an interactive debate at the Human Rights Council

During an interactive debate at the Human Rights Council

During the 39th regular session of Human Rights council, Burundi government delegation in Geneva was expected to make a presentation following the publication of a UN report on human rights violation in Burundi. The delegation chaired by the Minister of Human Rights in Burundi neither made the presentation as it was scheduled nor followed that of the UN investigators when they were presenting their findings.

After he had protested against the invitation of those he refers to as coup plotters, Tabu Rénovat, Ambassador of Burundi at the UN human Rights rejected the report that he judged false and politically manipulated. He later stepped out and joined the Burundian delegation.

The UN Commission of Inquiry on Burundi reported that it found that there are Human Rights violations that are committed by the intelligence services, police and army as well as the Imbonerakure (youth wing of the ruling party).

It also states that Burundi government is committing crimes against humanity, mentioning serious rights violations due to hate speech by President Pierre Nkurunziza.

The commission also says Burundi Justice has become an instrument of repression used by the executive against any form of protest or opposition.

Burundi has rejected the findings in different declarations and has recently declared persona non grata three UN investigators who produced this report on Burundi territory saying its content is contrary to the reality of the country.

Burundi government was represented by the Minister of Human Rights, that of the Interior and that of Justice in the interactive debate in Geneva.