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UN Experts Welcome the Security Council Call on Burundi and Urge Concrete Actions

November 18, 2015 – Last week, Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Méndez and other independent United Nations Human Rights experts expressed outrage over the situation of human rights in the country, warning that “the country is going towards an unacceptable path of atrocities” as the situation continues to deteriorate with “daily reports of serious human rights violations, including extra-judicial killings, arbitrary arrests and detentions, torture, attacks on independent media and harassment and killing of human rights defenders, unjustified limitations on freedoms of peaceful assembly and expression, adding to more than 200,000 persons displaced by violence.” Whilst welcoming the Security Council’s clear message on the situation in Burundi in its new Resolution 2248 (2015), which condemns the increase in cases of human rights violations and abuses in the country, the experts stressed that “actions should now follow and provide concrete responses fitting the magnitude of the risks at stake, for Burundi and the region.”  To read the full article, click here.