Commission of Inquiry on Burundi

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The Human Rights Council established the Commission of Inquiry on Burundi through resolution 33/24 of 30 September 2016. Its mandate was renewed twice, each time for one additional year by resolution 36/19 adopted on 4th October 2017 and by resolution 39/14 adopted on 28 September 2018.

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Mandate

Resolutions 33/24 and 36/19 of the Human Rights Council task the Commission of Inquiry on Burundi to:

  • Conduct a thorough investigation into human rights violations and abuses in Burundi since April 2015, including on their extent and whether they may constitute international crimes, with a view to contributing to the fight against impunity.
  • Identify alleged perpetrators of human rights violations and abuses in Burundi with a view to ensuring full accountability.
  • Formulate recommendations on steps to be taken with a view to guaranteeing that the authors of these violations and abuses, regardless of their affiliation, are held accountable for their acts.
  • Engage with the Burundian authorities and all other stakeholders, in particular United Nations agencies, civil society, refugees, the field presence of the Office of the High Commissioner in Burundi, authorities of the African Union, and the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, in order to provide the support and expertise for the immediate improvement of the situation of human rights and the fight against impunity.
  • Present an oral briefing to the Human Rights Council at its thirty-fourth and thirty-fifth sessions, and a final report during an interactive dialogue at its thirty-sixth session.
  • Present its report to the General Assembly and other relevant international bodies. 

The terms of reference of the Commission are available here.

Call for Submissions

The Commission of Inquiry on Burundi invites interested individuals, groups and organisations to submit information and/or documentation on human rights violations and abuses committed in Burundi since April 2015.

The Commission can receive submissions in English, French and Kirundi at: coiburundi@ohchr.org.

The deadline for the submission of information has been extended until 30 June 2019.

All submissions must include the name(s) and contact details of the author(s). Submitting entities/individuals should specify if their submissions, or parts of them, should be treated confidentially. The Commission shall take all necessary measures to ensure the protection of victims and witnesses.

Public hearings

Members

Current Commissioners:

Documentation

2018

2017

Press Releases

Burundi: Commission of Inquiry calls on Government to open channels of communication
28 September 2018
English | French | Kirundi

Burundi: the Commission of Inquiry is deeply concerned by the freedom of action and the impunity of the Imbonerakure
5 September 2018
English | French | Kirundi

President of Human Rights Council appoints new chairperson of Commission of Inquiry on Burundi
1 February 2018
English | French

Commission calls on Burundian government to put an end to serious human rights violations
29 Sepember 2017
English | French Kirundi

Burundi: Commission of inquiry calls on the International Criminal Court to investigate possible crimes against humanity
4 September 2017
EnglishFrench | Kirundi

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Statements

Oral briefing by the Commission to the Human Rights Council
17 September 2018 (English / French)

Oral briefing by the Commission to the Human Rights Council
27 June 2018 ( English / French)

Oral Briefing by Doudou Diène to the Human Rights Council
13 March 2018 (English / French)

Oral Briefing by Fatsah Ouguergouz tot he United Nations General Assembly,
26 October 2017 (English / French)

Oral Briefing by Fatsah Ouguergouz to the Human Rights Council,
19 September 2017 (English / French)

Oral presentation by Mr. Fatsah Ouguergouz to the Human Rights Council,
15 June 2017 ( English / French)

Oral presentation by Mr. Fatsah Ouguergouz to the Human Rights Council,
13 March 2017 (English / French )

Feature Stories

Burundi - A knife or a steel bar? How would you prefer to be killed?
In 2015, President Pierre Nkurunziza decided to stand for another term as head of state of Burundi. Since then, real or suspected government opponents have been hunted down, tortured or killed. The Commission of Inquiry on Burundi talks of crimes against humanity.
4 September 2017

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Contact

Commission of Inquiry on Burundi
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
Palais des Nations
CH-1211 Geneva 10
Switzerland 

Email: coiburundi@ohchr.org
Phone: +41 22 917 9313

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