Burundi: Amnesty International’s Written Statement to the 33rd Session of the UN Human Rights Council (13 – 30 September 2016)

Amnesty International welcomes the attention paid by the Human Rights Council to the crisis in Burundi since mid-2015, including the establishment of the mission of independent existing experts, the UN Independent Investigation on Burundi, which is to present its final report at this session. Following a period of overt repression in the second half of 2015, associated with the discovery of dead bodies in the streets of Bujumbura on a near-daily basis, the crisis in Burundi has moved into a new, less overtly violent phase, with a climate of fear taking hold in the capital and elsewhere in the country. With serious human rights violations ongoing, the international community must maintain and strengthen its scrutiny of the situation in Burundi.

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