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Burundi Forces UN To Close Office

pierre nkurunziza of burundi suspends UN Human rights office

The United Nations will not monitor Human Rights situation in Burundi after President Pierre Nkurunziza ordered for the immediate closure of the UN Human Rights Office in Bujumbura.

Last year the outgoing UN rights chief refered to Burundi as the  “most prolific slaughterhouses of humans in recent times”.

Michelle Bachelet the new rights chief said human rights in Burundi have been “seriously jeopardised” since 2015.

“I am disappointed by Burundi’s lack of co-operation in recent years with UN human rights mechanisms, which even went so far as to include threats to prosecute” a member of that commission of inquiry, Bachelet, said.

The UN office in Burundi was established in 1995, two years after the assassination of President Melchior Ndadaye in 1993.

His death sparked a civil war leading to gruesome murder of an estimated 300 000 people.

Burundi suspended its co-operation with the UN rights office in October 2016, accusing it of “complicity with coup plotters and Burundi’s enemies” after a report alleged the “involvement of the regime in systematic abuses and a risk of genocide”.

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