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Thursday, 13 October 2016

Human Right Abuses: UN investigators barred in Burundi over report on rights abuses



Burundi bans three UN investigators from entering the country after they accused the government of gross human rights violations.

The investigators said in a report last month that thousands of people had been  tortured, suffered sexual abuse or disappeared during  political violence.



They also warned of the danger of genocide from the escalating violence.

The decision comes days after Burundi announced plans to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC).
A letter signed by Foreign Affairs Minister Alain Aime Nyamitwe said Pablo de Greiff of Colombia, Christof Heyns of South Africa, and Maya Sahli-Fadel of Algeria were no longer welcome in Burundi.
Their investigation, published in a UN report, had described “abundant evidence of gross human rights violations” possibly amounting to crimes against humanity, by the government of Burundi and people associated with it.

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