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UN Committee vs. Torture to Review Complaints on Burundi

The UN Committee against Torture will carry out a special review this week about the situation in Burundi, as of reports indicating a deterioration in human rights in that country.

According to a press release of the body responsible for ensuring the compliance with the Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Punishments, a Burundian high level delegation will discuss the issue in Geneva on July 28 and 29.

The meeting’s agenda will focus on specifying the actions adopted by the government of the small landlocked East African country to investigate the allegations of summary executions, arbitrary detentions and torture, and other abuses against opponents, journalists and human rights activists.

The Committee also stated that the progress in investigations about the attack in August 2015 against activist, Pierre-Claver Mbonimpa, and the kidnapping and murder of his son three months later, will be under discussion.

According to the specialized UN body, comprised of 10 independent experts, the implementation of the recommendations carried out to Burundi in 2014, when this Convention member country was revised, will be also analyzed with the authorities.


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