Burundian authorities on the hot seat
TRIAL welcomed in November a delegation of Burundian lawyers, who came to attend the UN Committee Against Torture’s (CAT) review of Burundi.
Their visit was the occasion to take stock of the preoccupying human rights situation in Burundi. The delegation discussed several issues during the UN session, such as the fight against gender violence, the promotion of justice and the protection of vulnerable populations.
The experts of the Committee took due notice of all those points and urged Burundi to:
- guarantee the independance of judicial authorities, but sanction them in case of abuse of power
- carry out investigations on cases of torture or extrajudicial killings
- Prosecute and sanction the authors of severe human rights violations
- Guarantee reparation to the victims and their relatives
- Carry out investigations on the Imbonerakure, their relations with the power in place, their actions and the weapons’ delivery.
In this period of unrest marked by the upcoming presidential elections in Burundi, the UN recommendations send a strong signal to the government in place.
Concerned about the application of the Rule of Law, TRIAL urges the country to comply with its international obligations and to put an end to human rights violations.
Read TRIAL’s newsrelease (FR)
Read the CAT recommendations