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HRC40: Denmark in interactive dialog with Commission of Inquiry on Burundi.

12.03.2019  14:38

UN Human Rights Council
40th Session
Item 4, 12 March 2019

Update from the Commission of Inquiry on Burundi,
National intervention by Denmark

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Thank you, Mr. President

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

I would like to thank the Commission of Inquiry on Burundi for the update and work on the human rights situation in Burundi.
 
Denmark remains concerned about the human rights situation in Burundi. Serious violations of human rights continue to occur in the form of summary executions, arbitrary arrests and detention, enforced disappearances, torture, sexual and gender-based violence, and we see an increase in the government’s control over both domestic and international NGOs.

We also note, once again, that human rights violations in the country continue to take place with a large degree of impunity. Denmark condemns these actions and urges the Burundian government to conduct impartial and independent investigations into all violations and abuses of human rights with the purpose of holding those responsible to account.

Denmark also deeply regret the continued lack of cooperation with and now complete closing of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) as well as the absence of the Burundi government at the 5th session of the intra-Burundian dialogue. Denmark reiterates its call to the Government of Burundi to enhance cooperation with all relevant bodies, including the UN Human Rights Office and to engage in constructive cooperation and inclusive dialogue in the pursuit to solve the current crisis in Burundi.

Denmark looks forward to discussing the final report of the COI at the 42nd session of the Human Rights Council, and would in closing like to ask how the international society best can ensure the needed monitoring of the situation in the period leading up to the 2020 election?

Thank you, Mr. President