In Burundi, a demonstration was organized on Saturday (September 16th) by the ruling CNDD-FDD to protest against the report published earlier this month by UN experts calling for an investigation into crimes against humanity committed by of Burundian government officials. In Bujumbura, President Nkurunziza’s party does not want to hear about it.
Extrajudicial executions, arbitrary detentions, torture, sexual violence: the report of the UN experts is overwhelming for the Burundian state. But for the party in power in Bujumbura, this work is not legitimate because it is based on testimonies of refugees, explains Nancy Mutoni, national secretary of the CNDD-FDD, in charge of communication.
“This report can never be credible: these refugees have fled long before, they have no vision on Burundi since they are not even in the country. So this is a report that contains a lot of untruths and a compilation of false allegations against the country’s leaders. It is a report that presents a retrograde situation of the Burundian situation, “she denounced.
For the spokesman of the ruling party in Burundi, the UN should not follow the recommendations of its experts, who call for an investigation by the International Criminal Court ” as soon as possible “.
“ In no case may such an inquiry take place. If the UN endorses this report, it would be very serious because the ICC cannot investigate cases already documented by national jurisdictions. It would be very scandalous for a very respectable organization like the UN, “she said.
Burundi decided last year to withdraw from the ICC. A withdrawal will take effect on 27 October, the deadline for the ICC to decide unilaterally to launch an investigation.
And during the demonstration on Saturday, the general secretary of the ruling party would have threatened the UN destruction and attacked the ” devils ” of the European Union. Reported by the party’s spokeswoman who believes they have been taken out of context.