UN special rapporteur face a ban in Burundi

UN special rapporteur face a ban in Burundi

Burundi’s government has made it clear that it will never allow the appointed United Nations (UN) human rights rapporteur into the country.

The country’s Foreign Minister, Albert Shingiro told reporters and separately told diplomats in a meeting that Burundi would “never” allow the special rapporteur to investigate the country, reported the Associated Press.

The UN special rapporteur for Burundi was elected early in October this year to follow the situation in Burundi and make recommendations to the government.

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Permanent Representative of Burundi to the UN Office at Geneva, ambassador Renovat Tabu opposed the resolution, saying “African solutions must be found for African questions,” adding that “Burundi does not need an external mechanism to promote human rights.”

Before the election of the special rapporteur, on September 16, the UN Commission of Inquiry on Burundi said despite a few improvements, abuses were continuing even with the newly elected president, Evariste Ndayishimiye in power.

Shingiro in his comments last week asserted that the current government has improved on human rights.

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