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African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights


49 Resolution on Compliance and Immediate Implementation of the Arusha Peace Agreement for Burundi - ACHPR/Res.49(XXVIII)00


The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights meeting at its 28th Ordinary Session in Cotonou, Benin, from 23rd October to 6th November 2000:

Considering the massacres of innocent people committed in Burundi since 21st October 1993;

Considering the effects of the protracted civil war on the economy and well-being of the people of Burundi;

Considering with concern that the on-going armed conflict between the rebels and the Government army has caused serious violations of human rights and freedoms of the people of Burundi;

Expresses its support for the Arusha Peace Agreement for Burundi and urges the conflicting parties to conclude a cease-fire and immediately and unconditionally implement the Arusha Accord signed in Arusha on 28th August 2000;

Congratulates former President Nelson Mandela for the progress achieved through his mediation and exhorts him to continue with his efforts towards achieving lasting peace in Burundi;

Calls upon the rebel groups who have not yet signed the peace agreement concluded under the auspices of former President Nelson Mandela to do so urgently;

Makes an urgent appeal to the Great Lakes countries to give their full support to the peace process and put pressure on all the belligerents to renounce violence;

Calls upon the OAU and UN to take all appropriate measures to put a stop to the hostilities in Burundi and bring the belligerents to give greater importance to negotiation for the resolution of their dispute;

Urges the International Community to support the peace process and settlement of the conflict that has rocked Burundi.


Done in Cotonou, Benin, 6th November 2000.