Recognizing the importance of the prevention of human rights violations and abuses
in Burundi, especially in the context of past mass atrocities in the region,
Expressing grave concern about the increase in violence and the serious human
rights violations and abuses in Burundi since the beginning of the crisis in April 2015,
Stressing the urgency of convening a genuine and inclusive inter-Burundian
dialogue, based on respect for the Constitution and the Arusha Agreement, and welcoming
in this regard the meetings recently organized in the framework of the political dialogue for
Burundi under the auspices of the Facilitator of the East African Community, Benjamin
William Mkapa, and the conclusion on Burundi adopted by the Heads of State at the
Summit of the East African Community on 8 September 2016, in Dar es-Salaam,
Noting with appreciation the support of the international community for the search
for a peaceful solution to the crisis facing Burundi, including, inter alia, the efforts of the
African Union, the East African Community, the African Commission on Human and
Peoples’ Rights, previous independent experts on Burundi and the Peacebuilding
Noting decision 1 (90) adopted by the Committee on the Elimination of Racial
Discrimination, at its ninetieth session under its early warning and urgent action
procedures, on Burundi,
Noting also the statement of 24 August 2016 on Burundi, made by the Special
Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, in which he expressed his concerns about
inflammatory statements by public officials that could constitute an incitement to violence,
Noting positively the cooperation of the Government of Burundi with the United
Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and with the group of independent experts
established by the Human Rights Council in its resolution S-24/1,
Welcoming the work of the group of independent experts, and expressing deep
concern about the content of their final report,1
Alarmed by the conclusions made by the independent experts that gross violations
are systematic and patterned and that impunity is pervasive, and that without determined
action by the Government of Burundi and robust and renewed engagement by the
international community, including the United Nations and the African Union, the
downward spiral of the country will be difficult to stop,
Reaffirming the expectations of cooperation by States Members of the Human
Rights Council with international human rights mechanisms, and giving due consideration
to the recommendation regarding Burundi by the group of independent experts established
by the Council in its resolution S-24/1,
Expresses its deep concern about the continuous and accelerated deterioration
of the human rights, economic and humanitarian situation in Burundi, in particular the
situation of women and children;
Strongly condemns all violations and abuses of human rights in Burundi by
all actors, particularly those involving mass arbitrary arrests and detentions, including cases
involving children, cases of torture and other cruel, inhuman and/or degrading treatment,
extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, sexual and gender-based violence,
persecution of and threats against members of civil society, journalists, members of the
opposition and demonstrators, including young demonstrators, and restrictions on the




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