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Burundi holds demonstrations against UN report on human rights abuses
September 21,2018   By:Xinhua
BUJUMBURA, Sept. 21, 2018 -- The Burundian government and civil society groups Saturday held demonstrations to protest a recent UN report on human rights abuses in Burundi, where they described it as "fabricated."
Demonstrations took place nationwide at the district level and demonstrators were denouncing the report by three investigators of the UN commission of inquiry on human rights abuses in Burundi, including head of the commission Doudou Diene, a Senegalese, Lucy Asuagbor from Cameroon and Francoise Hampson from Britain.
In the Burundian capital Bujumbura, thousands of demonstrators took to the streets, helding banners and shouting against the report. They started the demonstration at the UN square in Ngagara neighborhood in the north and proceeded to the Independence Square in the city center where they concluded the 3 km-long march.
Burundian foreign minister Ezechiel Nibigira on Tuesday wrote a letter to the three UN investigators, telling them that they have been declared persona non grata. On the same day, the two chambers of the Burundian met in a joint session and converged to say that the report was false and groundless, promising to sue the three UN investigators.
In the report presented in Geneva, Switzerland on Sept. 5, Diene talked about serious violations of human rights involving Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza, accused of making hate speeches.
The commission also said that more crimes against humanity were committed in Burundi in 2017 and 2018.
The Burundian government has been refusing to cooperate with the UN commission of inquiry on Burundi set up by the UN Human Rights Council in 2016, because the government accused the first commission of producing a biased report.
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