UN probes torture in Burundi
UN confirmed its Committee against Torture (CAT) was due to conduct a special review of Burundi on Thursday and Friday July in Geneva, in light of information it has received about the deteriorating human rights situation in the country.
CAT members and a Burundian delegation, headed by the Ministry of Justice, will discuss some issues specified in the committee’s written request for a special report, sent to the Burundian Government in December 2015.
The issues include steps taken to investigate summary executions, arbitrary detention, torture and ill-treatment of opposition members, journalists, human rights defenders, and those considered as supporting the opposition since 2015.
The exercise will also ascertain progress in investigations regarding the attack against rights activist Pierre-Claver Mbonimpa in August 2015, the kidnapping and murder of his son Welly Nzitonda in November 2015.
Other issues include allegations of torture committed by the National Information Service, investigations into killings and acts of torture allegedly carried out by members of youth militia and measures taken to implement the CAT’s previous recommendations issued in 2014, when Burundi was examined under the regular review process.
The finding will be announced on August 12.
– CAJ News
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