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HRC41: Denmark expresses great concern over the continuation of grave human rights violations in Burundi

02.07.2019  16:54

UN Human Rights Council
41th Session
Enhanced Interactive Dialogue
2 July 2019
Intervention by Denmark

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 oral briefing and for the important work it carries out regarding the human rights situation in Burundi.

It is with great concern that Denmark has noted that summary executions, arbitrary arrests and detention, enforced disappearances, torture, sexual and gender-based violence as well as restrictions on freedom of association and movement continue to take place in Burundi. Denmark condemns such actions and urges the government of Burundi to hold those responsible accountable.

The rise of politically motivated arrests and acts of violence is particularly alarming given the upcoming 2020-elections. We call on the Government of Burundi to guarantee that all political parties are ensured freedom of speech and freedom of assembly regardless of political affiliation and given access to independent and functioning media. A repetition of the violence that took place during the 2015-election, which has had devastating consequences for the people of Burundi, should not be allowed.

Denmark reiterates its call to the Government of Burundi to enhance cooperation with all relevant bodies and to engage in constructive cooperation and inclusive dialogue in the pursuit to solve the current crisis in Burundi.

In closing, Denmark would like to ask if you are aware of any intention or willingness from the Government to re-open the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, which was closed in March?

Thank you, Mr. President

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