U.N. Blames Burundi Of Forcing The Closure Of Human Rights Office

Burundi has forced the United Nations to shut down its local human rights office after 23 years, Michelle Bachelet said on Tuesday. 1 min

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“Two years after the suspension of cooperation, on the 5th of December last year, the government requested the closure of our office in Burundi, explaining that the country had made sufficient progress in putting in place national mechanisms for the protection of human rights, so the existence of our office was no longer justified”, said Ravina Shamdasani, spokeswoman for the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

“Burundi human rights had been jeopardised since 2015, when President Pierre Nkurunziza announced he would seek a third term,” Bachelet said.

In October 2016, Burundi suspended all cooperation with the U.N. office in Burundi, following publication of a report by a U.N. independent investigation that said the government and its supporters were responsible for crimes against humanity.

Burundi subsequently threatened to prosecute the rights council’s team of investigators and accused its chairman of “selling” Africans to foreigners, a comment that outraged Bachelet.

When the U.N. Human Rights Council considered renewing the investigation against the government of Burundi back in 2017, Burundi offered to accept U.N. human rights experts instead.

And when the experts arrived, the government threw out the three visiting U.N. human rights experts it had promised to cooperate with, accusing them of arriving unannounced and acting like spies.

All this advancements has caused the shut down of U.S. human rights office in Burundi

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