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Statement by Denmark in interactive dialogue with the Commission of Inquiry on Burundi

27.06.2018  10:02

UN Human Rights Council
38th Session
Interactive Dialogue on Burundi, 27 June 2018
Intervention by Denmark

Mr. President,

Denmark aligns itself with the statement made by the European Union.

Let me begin by thanking the Commission of Inquiry on Burundi and for the update on the grave human rights situation in Burundi.

We regret once again having to address the Council to express our deep concern by Burundi’s continued lack of cooperation with international actors including the OHCHR and the Commission of Inquiry established by this very Council to which Burundi is also a member.

We note with great concern that the situation in Burundi has not improved since the Council decided to extend the mandate of the Commission in September 2017. Rather, the update confirms previous reports of violations of human rights, which continue to gain in intensity – and includes arbitrary detentions, enforced disappearances, torture, and sexual and gender-based violence.

Denmark condemns these actions and stresses that impunity can never be accepted.
 
The space for political opposition and civil society is rapidly shrinking as freedom of expression, association, and assembly are almost non-existent. Furthermore, Denmark is particularly worried about the changes of the constitution in Burundi, allowing President Pierre Nkurunziza to run again and furthermore changes the current majority voting system with a more simple model that is not in line with the ethnical allowances implemented as a result of the peace negotiations after the civil war.

The situation in Burundi is forcing people to flee the country, or into internal displacement. Denmark reiterates its call upon the Government of Burundi to meet its responsibility to address the humanitarian crisis and respect human rights of all of its citizens.

Thank you, Mr. President.