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Burundi dismisses planned U.N. inquiry into killings and torture

By on October 4, 2016

Burundi’s government has dismissed a U.N. decision to set up a commission of inquiry to identify perpetratorsof killings and torture, saying it was based on a one-sided account of events in the country.

The United Nations Human Rights Council agreed on Friday to set up the commission, saying it would build on a report by U.N. experts who looked into the suspected torture and murder of government opponents. The experts have drawn up a list of suspects.

The burundian government spokesman, Philippe Nzobonariba, said that the report “was biased, undertaken and produced for the sole purpose of paving the way for this resolution and to destabilise the Burundian nation,”

He told the state broadcaster late on Monday that the council had failed to take into account Burundi’s contribution to balance the report. The resulting decision was “inapplicable in Burundi”.

The U.N. Human Rights Council adopted an European Union resolution for a one-year commission of inquiry by a vote of 19 states in favour and seven against, with 21 abstentions. African votes were split.

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