United Nations

General Assembly

Distr.: General
5 October 2016
Original: English

Human Rights Council
Thirty-third session
Agenda item 4

Resolution adopted by the Human Rights Council on 30 September 2016

Situation of human rights in Burundi

The Human Rights Council,
Guided by the principles and purposes of the Charter of the United Nations,
Recalling the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenants
on Human Rights and other relevant international human rights instruments,
Recalling also General Assembly resolution 60/251 of 15 March 2006 and Human
Rights Council resolution 5/1 of 18 June 2007,
Recalling further Human Rights Council resolutions 30/27 of 2 October 2015, on
technical assistance and capacity-building for Burundi in the field of human rights, and S24/1 of 17 December 2015, on the prevention of the deterioration of the human rights
situation in Burundi,
Recalling Security Council resolutions 2248 (2015) of 12 November 2015, 2279
(2016) of 1 April 2016 and 2303 (2016) of 29 July 2016,
Reaffirming that States have the primary responsibility for the promotion and
protection of all human rights and fundamental freedoms,
Stressing the primary responsibility of the Government of Burundi for ensuring
security in its territory and protecting its population with respect for the rule of law, human
rights and international humanitarian law, as applicable,
Reaffirming its strong commitment to the sovereignty, political independence,
territorial integrity and unity of Burundi,
Reaffirming also the Arusha Agreement, which has been the basis for the
Constitution of Burundi, and provides the foundation for peacebuilding, national
reconciliation and the strengthening of democracy and the rule of law,
Considering that the international community, including the Human Rights Council,
can play an important and helpful role in preventing the further deterioration of the human
rights situation in Burundi by highlighting the human rights violations and abuses and the
risk of escalation of the conflict,



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