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African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights

Report of the Delegation of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights on its Fact-Finding Mission to Burundi, 7 - 13 December 2015



PART I INTRODUCTION
1. This report presents the analysis and findings of the Delegation of the African Commission on Human and People‘s Rights on the human rights situation in the Republic of Burundi since the current crisis began in April 2015. The mission was undertaken and this report is presented pursuant to the decision of the 551st meeting of the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU), in Communiqué IV, PSC/PR /COMM.(DLI), which requested the African Commission on Human and Peoples‘ Rights (the Commission) to urgently undertake an in-depth investigation into the violation of human rights and other abuses against civilian populations in Burundi.

2. Acting on this request and conscious of its mandate to promote and protect human and peoples‘ rights in Africa under Articles 45 and 58 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples‘ Rights and its Rules of Procedure, the Commission decided to undertake a fact-finding mission in the Republic of Burundi from 7 to 13 December 2015.

1.1 Overall objectives

3. The overall objectives of the Delegation were to:

i. Investigate, document and prepare a report on violations and other abuses in Burundi;
ii. Present a report with recommendations to the Peace and Security Council.