The latest in Global Justice news: Burundian NGOs submitted a report to 58th session of the UN Committee Against Torture (CAT) on deteriorating security situation; UN Security Council adopts resolution to establish police force in Burundi; were expectations for reparations too high in Kenya, victims’ advocate asks; opening statements in the Ongwen trial will not be held in Uganda; and much more.
Grave crimes in Burundi unaddressed, UN Committee hears
A new report submitted to the 58th session of the UN Committee against Torture has outlined the deteriorating security situation in the Burundi in the aftermath of its elections crisis in April 2015, condemning a spate of alleged extrajudicial executions, enforced disappearances, arbitrary arrests and torture.
The findings were presented by a coalition of Burundian NGOs, including members of the Burundian Coalition for the ICC, with the support of the World Organisation Against Torture, the International Federation of Action by Christians for the Abolition of Torture, TRIAL International, the Centre for Civil and Political Rights, and Defend Defenders.
In April of this year, the ICC Prosecutor opened a preliminary examination into the situation in Burundi to determine whether a full investigation is warranted, focusing on alleged acts of killing, imprisonment, torture, rape, and other forms of sexual violence, and enforced disappearances.
Civil society has long been calling for accountability for those responsible.
Read what the Burundi Coalition for the ICC has to about the current political and human rights situation in the country.
On Friday, the UN Security Council adopted a resolution authorizing the establishment of a police force in Burundi with a 1 year mandate to monitor the security situation.
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