The 48th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council
13 September to 8 October 2021
Item 4: Human rights situations that require the Council’s attention
Interactive dialogue with the Commission of Inquiry on Burundi on its comprehensive written report (A/HRC/48/68) – 23 September 2021
Oral Statement of Meezaan Center for Human Rights
Delivered by: Beatrice Serra
Thank you, President,
We would like to thank the Commission of Inquiry for its latest report establishing the facts about the situation of human rights in Burundi. We welcome the progress made by the Burundian Government, particularly in the fight against impunity and corruption, and the promotion of the rule of law. Still, important steps need to be taken to advance national reconciliation, respect fundamental freedoms, preserve democratic space, and protect human rights.
Meezaan Center for Human Rights and Geneva International Center for Justice are deeply concerned about the numerous violations that continue to be perpetrated in the country, in particular the cases of torture, enforced disappearances and arbitrary detention faced by political opponents, human rights defenders, and journalists. We encourage Burundi to continue increasing its efforts in recognizing and investigating all human rights violations committed and hold perpetrators accountable; only by doing so Burundi can move towards peace, stability and development.
It is regrettable to hear the continued refusal of Burundi to collaborate with international human rights bodies and the COI. Therefore, we urge all parties to resume progressive cooperation and Burundi to assume responsibility for the human rights violations reported in the country and to make the required structural changes.
To the COI, what steps can the international community take to build solidarity with the Government of Burundi and all other parties involved to help them in achieving long-lasting peace.