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Burundi Shuts Down UN Human Rights Office

The Burundian government has closed the office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Burundi in the country.

A letter of closure was sent Wednesday to the UN Resident Coordinator in Burundi Garry Conille to finally be forwarded to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. Michelle Bachelet.

This office has two months to have closed definitely. Burundian Ministry of Foreign Affairs could not confirm or decline the new development.

A planned press conference by the ministry also did not take place yesterday.

“We are sorry, you have the appetite but the meal is not ready yet, “told reporters a senior staff of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

In October 2016, the Burundian government suspended all collaboration with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Burundi over its “complicity” in a report accusing Bujumbura of systematic abuses and warning of a risk of genocide.

In September this year Burundi threatened to quit the rights council altogether after another report pointed to crimes against humanity in the country.

In 2017 Burundi became the first nation to leave the International Criminal Court after it launched a probe into the alleged atrocities in the country.

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