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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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Open Letter

Dear EU High Representative/Vice-President, Dear Foreign Ministers of the EU member states, As the Council of the European Union (EU) and its preparatory bodies review the situation in Burundi and related EU policy, the undersigned organizations wish…
The charred remains of Radio Publique Africaine in Bujumbura, Burundi, which was attacked and vandalized in May 2015 following an attempted coup.
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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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Letter to Permanent Representatives of Member and Observer States of the United Nations Human Rights Council, Geneva, Switzerland

Excellencies, Ahead of the 39th session of the UN Human Rights Council (“HRC” or “the Coun­cil”), we, the undersigned national, regional and international civil society organisations, write to urge your delegation to support a resolution…
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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Human Rights Watch letter to Minister Rodolfo Nin Novoa on Venezuela’s Crisis

Dear Minister Nin Novoa, I am writing to respectfully urge you to adhere to the joint statement on Venezuela’s crisis delivered by Peru on July 6, 2018, at the United Nations Human Rights Council. The statement, which was a regional initiative…
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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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November 14, 2016 To the Presidents of African States Parties to the International Criminal Court, We write to commend your government for its membership and support for the International Criminal Court, and to encourage your…
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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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Refugee Crisis and Universal Jurisdiction Cases in Europe

What’s the basis for European courts to try atrocities committed in Syria and Iraq? What is universal jurisdiction? Does universal jurisdiction mean that every country can investigate any grave international crime committed in Syria and Iraq? What…
Syrian Man Carries Children After Barrel Bomb Attack
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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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Washington, D.C., June 26, 2014   Hector Timerman, Foreign Affairs Minister of Argentina Luiz Alberto Figueiredo Machado, Foreign Affairs Minister of Brazil Heraldo Muñoz, Foreign Affairs Minister of Chile María Ángela Holguín, Foreign Affairs Minister of…
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Washington, D.C., September 5th2013   His Excellency Horacio Manuel Cartes Jara President of Paraguay Asunción - Paraguay   Dear President Cartes, I am writing to urge your government and other MERCOSUR members to actively seek that the government of…
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Washington, D.C., September 5th2013   Her Excellency Dilma Rousseff Presidenta da República do Brasil Brasília, Brasil     Dear President Rousseff, I am writing to urge your government and other MERCOSUR members to actively seek that the government of…
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Washington, D.C., September 5th2013   His Excellency José Alberto Mujica Cordano President of Uruguay Montevideo - Uruguay   Dear President Mujica, I am writing to urge your government and other MERCOSUR members to actively seek that the government of…
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Washington, D.C., September 5th2013   Her Excellency Cristina Fernández de Kirchner President of Argentina Buenos Aires, Argentina   Dear President Fernández, I am writing to urge your government and other MERCOSUR members to actively seek that the…