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Burundi: Extend Commission of Inquiry mandate for a further year

, Index number: AFR 16/0841/2019

Ahead of the 42nd session of the UN Human Rights Council (“HRC” or “the Coun¬cil”), we, the undersigned national, regional, and international civil society organisations, write to call on your delegation to support a resolution extending the mandate of the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) on Burundi for a further year, until September 2020. The work conducted by the CoI provides critical oversight of the human rights situation in Burundi. The situation in the country deteriorated markedly following the announcement by President Pierre Nkurunziza, in April 2015, that he would run for a controversial third term in office.

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