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Joint Letter To Permanent Representatives of Member and Observer States of the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council, Geneva, Switzerland

Excellencies, At the 45th session of the UN Human Rights Council (the Coun­cil) in October 2020, the Council rene­wed the mandate of the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) on Burundi for a further year. This allow­ed the only independent mechanism mandated to…
The seat of Burundi delegation is pictured before a special session of the Human Rights Council on the situation in Burundi in Geneva, Switzerland December 17, 2015.
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Joint Letter to the Permanent Representatives of Member and Observer States of the UN Human Rights Council

Excellencies, Ahead of the 45th session of the UN Human Rights Council (hereafter “HRC” or “the Coun­cil”), we, the undersigned national, regional and international civil society organisations, write to urge your delegation to support the renewal of…
The seat of Burundi delegation is pictured before a special session of the Human Rights Council on the situation in Burundi in Geneva, Switzerland December 17, 2015.
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Joint Letter to UN Security Council Members Regarding Ongoing Serious Human Rights Violations

New York, February 22, 2017 Dear Ambassador, We, the undersigned international and Burundian nongovernmental organizations, write to urge the UN Security Council to impose targeted sanctions against individuals responsible for…
Unknown assailants killed retired Burundian army colonel Lucien Rufyiri on May 25, 2016 in Bujumbura’s Ngagara neighborhood.
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Open letter to Ambassadors and Permanent Representatives of Member States of the United Nations in Geneva and New York

Your Excellency, The undersigned civil society organisations, coming from all regions, urge your delegation to take urgent action towards suspending Burundi from the Human Rights Council given the combination of its flagrant refusal to…
The seat of Burundi delegation is pictured before a special session of the Human Rights Council on the situation in Burundi in Geneva, Switzerland December 17, 2015.
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Joint NGO letter to Permanent Representatives of Member and Observer States of the UN Human Rights Council

Your Excellencies, We are writing to you as a cross-regional group of NGOs to urge you to support the creation, at the Human Rights Council’s 33rd session, of a Commission of Inquiry, or similar international mechanism, to advance…
The seat of Burundi delegation is pictured before a special session of the Human Rights Council on the situation in Burundi in Geneva, Switzerland December 17, 2015.
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Part of a Special Review on Burundi during the 58th session of the CAT

Human Rights Watch welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the United Nations Committee against Torture (“the Committee”) July 28 special review of Burundi. This memorandum highlights areas of concern Human Rights Watch hopes will inform the…
A Burundian artist’s drawing of a fictional case of policemen and an intelligence agent torturing a detainee.
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Joint NGO letter to Permanent Representatives of Member and Observer States of the UN Human Rights Council

Excellency, We, the undersigned non-governmental organizations, urge your delegation to actively support the urgent holding of a special session of the Human Rights Council to address the rapidly deteriorating human rights situation in Burundi…
Residents look on as police and soldiers guard a voting station in the Burundian capital, Bujumbura, during presidential elections on July 21, 2015.
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What is this report about? The UN mapping report has been prepared by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and describes the most serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law in the Democratic…
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Dear Ambassador, We write in advance of your visit to Africa to highlight key human rights concerns relevant to the Great Lakes region, Liberia, and in your meetings with the African Union, with suggested action points. Great Lakes region Democratic…
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Letter to the President of the Federal Republic of Germany upon his visit to Uganda and Rwanda

Professor Dr. Horst Köhler   President of the Federal Republic of Germany   Berlin, Germany       Dear President Köhler, We write to ask you to use the opportunities offered by your visits to Uganda and Rwanda to contribute, as Germany has so often done…
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Mr. Jean-Marie Guéhenno   Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations   Department of Peacekeeping Operations   United Nations      H.E. Prof. Alpha Oumar Konare   Chairperson   African Union Commission       Dear Mr. Guéhenno and Mr. Konare…
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Letter to Council Members on Eve of Meeting with Lead Prosecutor

Your Excellency: We the undersigned human rights groups urge you to ensure that any changes in the office of the prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) do not undermine the independence of the tribunal or its capacity to…
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Letter to Council Members on the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda

Your Excellency: As the Security Council considers proposed changes in the post of prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), its deliberations provide an important opportunity to review the current status and future needs of…
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Your Excellency, Human Rights Watch welcomes the concern shown by the Security Council for the crises in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Burundi. The departure of a mission to Central Africa at this time clearly demonstrates the urgency of the…
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Letter to Security Council Members

Members of the UN Security Council Your Excellency: Next week, reports are due to the Security Council on the work of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (the ICTR)and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY).…
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Letter also sent to members of Security Council

H.E. Ambassador John Negroponte President of the Security Council United States Permanent Mission to the United Nations 7019 UN Plaza New York, NY 10017 Dear Ambassador Negroponte: In 1994 soldiers of the Rwandan Patriotic Army (RPA) killed…