Burundi: NGOs Call for Human Rights Council to extend mandate of UN Commission of Inquiry

The ICJ has joined with some 40 other international, African and Burundian NGOs to call on States to extend the mandate of the UN Commission of Inquiry on Burundi, at the September session of the Human Rights Council.

The joint open letter to all delegations ahead of the upcoming 42nd ordinary session of the UN Human Rights Council, highlights the important work and impact of the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) to date, in a context of gross, widespread and systematic human rights violations, which may furthermore escale ahead of elections in 2020.

 The NGOs call on Council Members and Observers to, at a minimum, support the extension of the mandate of the CoI on Bu­rundi for a further year, until September 2020, in accordance with the Council’s res­pon­sibility to address situations of human rights violations, in­cluding gross and systematic violations, to advance accountability, to prevent further human rights violations and abuses, and to follow up on its actions and recom­mendations.

The Council should also request the CoI to prepare a report with a specific focus on elections and risk factors of human rights violations and abuses and to present it during an enhanced interactive dia­lo­gue at the Council’s 43rd session in March 2020.

The letter can be downloaded in full, in PDF format, in English or French.


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