The team was supposed to “investigate violations and abuses of human rights.” There is an urgent need for this trip “given the rapidly deteriorating human rights situation,” Cecile Pouilly says.
The investigators were supposed to arrive on Monday and the High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein says he hopes the Burundian authorities will still respond to the visa requests.
Prior to this indirect action, Burundi has publicly rejected an AU peacekeeping force of 5000 troops. It has also failed to cooperate in the AU facilitated talks with the opposition. It is alleged that there is state-funded violence against opposition supporters. President Nkurunziza said Burundi will contain the situation on its own. However, concerns have been raised over the killings and displacement of people. The AU and the UN want to contain the situation before it grows into a civil war.
Author: Gesture Chidhanguro