Burundi says UN human rights investigators unwelcome

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The Burundian government has said that the United Nations investigators mandated to look into possible human rights violations in the country are unwelcome.

The government’s decision to bar the investigators from entering Burundi comes following the appointment of a three man UN inquiry commission by the UN Security Council.

Burundi descended into violence in April 2015 following President Pierre Nkurunziza’s declaration that he would bid for a controversial third term in office, one that he went on to win in the April poll.

“We are not part of the process of setting up the UN inquiry commission. As the government of Burundi, we are not involved any more in the investigation to be made by this commission,” Burundian human rights minister Martin Nivyabandi told a press conference.

Relations between Burundi and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Burundi have been strained since the publication of the September report by three UN experts.

The experts documented 564 executions committed by the government and affiliated groups and confirmed targeted assassinations, arbitrary detention, torture and sexual violence.

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