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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…
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 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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UN Should Step Up Scrutiny of Abuses Ahead of 2020 Elections

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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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New Abuses, Climate of Fear After Referendum

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Member of the UN Commission of Inquiry on Burundi, Françoise Hampson (L), and chairman Doudou Diène (C), give a press conference to present a report on rights violations in the country on September 5, 2018 in Geneva.
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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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UN Experts Threatened, Criticized by Government

For the past month, Burundi’s ambassador to the United Nations, Albert Shingiro, has publicly threatened to “bring to justice” members of a UN Commission of Inquiry (COI) investigating abuses in the country, suggesting they could be prosecuted for …
Residents outside their houses in Nyakabiga, in the Burundian capital Bujumbura, look at the body of a man shot dead on December 11, 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…