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Ex-Member of Civil Society Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison

(Nairobi, August 10, 2021) – Burundian authorities should immediately and unconditionally release lawyer, Tony Germain Nkina, who was sentenced to five years in prison in June 2021 in all likelihood because of his past human rights work, six…
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Item 4 Interactive Dialogue with Commission of Inquiry on Burundi

Human Rights Watch thanks the Commission of Inquiry for a much-needed update on the grave human rights violations that Burundian state agents, most notably the National Intelligence Service and administrative authorities, and members of the…
Doudou Diene, President of the UN Commission of Inquiry on Burundi, speaks at a press conference at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, September 5, 2018.
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Item 4 interactive dialogue with the UN Commission of Inquiry on Burundi

This year, Human Rights Watch spoke with some of the hundreds of refugees who continue to flee Burundi each month. Many continue to leave because of the violence: the appearance of a neighbor’s body on the street bearing signs of beatings or machete…
Members of the Burundi ruling party’s youth league, the Imbonerakure, have brutally killed, tortured and severely beaten scores of people across the country in recent months.
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Item 4 interactive dialogue with the UN Commission of Inquiry on Burundi

Earlier this year, Human Rights Watch documented how Burundi’s security services and Imbonerakure members, the ruling party youth league, killed, raped, abducted, beat, and intimidated suspected opponents in the months leading up to the May 17…
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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Item 4 Interactive Dialogue with the Commission of Inquiry on Burundi

As High Commissioner Zeid said in his opening statement, “the human rights situation [in Burundi] continues to deteriorate throughout the country.” Human Rights Watch documented how Burundi’s security services and ruling party youth league…
Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza at the Prince Louis Rwagasore stadium in Bujumbura, as Burundi marked its 55th independence anniversary on July 1, 2017.
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Item 4 Interactive Dialogue on Burundi

Human Rights Watch welcomes the oral update of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and of the Commission of Inquiry on Burundi. High Commissioner Zeid said in his opening statement at this 37th session that Burundi and a number of other…
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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Item 2 – Interactive Dialogue with the High Commissioner on his Annual Report

We share the High Commissioner’s concerns about current threats to human rights values, and to the international framework itself. Whether the Council can rise to these challenges will depend on a number of factors. First, leadership: many…
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Enhanced Interactive Dialogue on Burundi

Human Rights Watch welcomes the report of the United Nations Independent Investigation on Burundi (UNIIB). Unfortunately, since the Council last discussed Burundi, serious human rights abuses have continued unabated.…
Burundi's Human Rights Crisis
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Statement delivered under Item 10

Widespread lawlessness in Burundi’s capital, Bujumbura, has spread across the country. In recent months there have been increasing reports of brutality by Burundian intelligence services who are accused of arbitrarily arresting and torturing scores of…
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Statement delivered under Item 10

The current climate in Burundi is one of fear and suspicion. Human rights abuses continue across the country, but many are not publicly exposed. The government’s crackdown on civil society and the media, including closing or freezing the bank accounts of…