Burundi shuts United Nations Human Rights office.
The United Nations (UN) has confirmed that Burundi has forced it to shut its local human rights office in the capital Bujumbura after 23 years of humanitarian service.
In a statement on Tuesday, the UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet expressed “deep regret” that Burundi’s government had announced that it had made sufficient progress in human rights, so the existence of the UN office is no longer important.
For the last two years, UN human rights staff have severely been involved in moves to investigate into allegations of human rights violation and they have faced hindrances due to lack of cooperation. The Geneva-based UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said the office was shut down on February 28, 2019.
Burundi has been caught up in a crisis since President Pierre Nkurunziza sought a third term in office in 2015, provoking civil unrest that left at least 1,200 dead and displaced over 400,000 people.
In October 2016, the Burundi government suspended all cooperation with the office following a report by the UN Independent Investigation in Burundi established by the UN Human Rights Council.
And two years later, in December 2018, the Burundi government requested the closure of the office.
There have been a number of human rights violation cases ranging from brutality mounted on journalists and some humanitarian.