Director of CHRGJ’s Program on Transitional Justice, Pablo de Greiff will travel to Burundi as one of three human rights experts of the United Nations Independent Investigation on Burundi (UNIIB). De Greiff, the UN Special Rapporteur on Truth, Justice, Reparation and Guarantees of Non-Recurrence will join Christof Heyns, the UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions and Ms. Maya Sahli-Fadel, the African Union Special Rapporteur on Refugees, Asylum Seekers, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons.
The UNIBB conducted its first visit to Burundi from 1 to 8 March and will conduct its second visit from 13 to 17 June. During their mission, the experts will meet with national authorities and other political actors. They will also hold meetings with members of civil society, victims of human rights violations, as well as with humanitarian organizations, including UN agencies, and international and regional partners operating in Burundi. The Independent Investigation deployed human rights monitors to Burundi in May 2016, with the aim of helping the three human rights experts gather information on human rights violations and abuses committed in the country since April 2015.
“Burundi is going through a difficult period. If the tough challenges the country is facing are not properly addressed, they may compromise the very important achievements obtained through the Arusha Agreements,” warned de Greiff.
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