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Intervention by Estonia at the UN Human Rights Council 35th Session under Item 4 dialogue on the human rights situation in Burundi


UN Human Rights Council, 35th Session


Intervention by ESTONIA


Item 4: Interactive Dialogue on the Situation of Human Rights in Burundi (HRC res. 33/24)


Geneva, 13 June2017



Mr. President,


Estonia fully aligns itself with the EU statement.


We thank the Commission of Inquiry for the oral update on the dire human rights situation in Burundi.  We remain deeply worried about the systematic human rights violations that have taken and are taking place, by Governmental agents and those associated to them. We note with concern the deteriorating human rights situation and the government’s continued use of repressive measures, including repression of human rights defenders, suspension of civil society organizations (CSOs) and introduction of new control measures over the CSOs work. We are worried about the government’s attempts to curtail the freedom of expression, association, and assembly, and call on the government of Burundi to guarantee those rights.


Furthermore, we express deep concern over the increasing cases of enforced disappearances and we call on the government of Burundi to conduct independent and impartial investigations into those cases. We find very worrisome the increased repression and call on the government to end the long-standing culture of impunity in Burundi. The decision of the government of Burundi to withdraw from the ICC Statute is deeply disappointing and we call on the government to continue to cooperate with the ICC, as it is crucial for victims of grave crimes, to receive justice.


We expect Burundi, especially as a member of the Human Rights Council, to uphold the highest standards in the promotion and protection of human rights and invite the Burundian authorities to fully cooperate with all HRC mechanisms and with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), in independent and impartial international investigations into reports of the gross human rights abuses in Burundi.


Thank you.


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