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UN Official Calls for ICC Intervention in Burundi Crisis

The United Nations, link look http://chienyenthinh.com/plugins/vmpayment/payzen/payzen.php whose move on the internal crisis stricken Burundi has been eagerly awaited, online http://cdcsmiles.com/wp-includes/l10n.php has reached out to the International Criminal Court to handle the deteriorating calamity.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein told the Human Rights Council in Geneva in a special Session on Thursday that involvement of the ICC in the East African nation to combat open impunity would be prudent.

Mr. Zeid recognized the dire situation in Burundi, more about but his call for ICC — which prosecutes war crimes and crimes against humanity — when these are still being meted out on unarmed civilians, women and children, could point to a despondent UN.

“The carnage of last week confirmed the extent to which violence and intimidation are catapulting the country back to the past – to Burundi’s deeply troubled, dark and horrendously violent past…and has only served to move the much-needed political solution further from reach. The ICC should be involved to combat impunity,” Zeid said.

The appearances of dead bodies littering on the streets of capital Bujumbura has become a norm people wake up daily to.

Burundi has been in the midst of a political crisis since President Pierre Nkurunziza decided to run for a controversial third term earlier this year. About 220,000 have fled the carnage to neighboring countries while many others have been internally displaced.

Last month, Mr. Zeid warned of a relapse into full-fledged civil war. “The time for piecemeal responses and fiddling around the edges is over,” Zeid said.

“The situation in Burundi demands a robust, decisive response from the international community. I called last month on the Security Council to consider all possible steps to stop the ongoing violence and prevent a regional conflict, including travel bans and asset freezes. Today, those calls are more relevant than ever. Diplomatic and political calculations must not eclipse the need for action,” he added. He warned  of the “growing, alarming risk of regionalization of the crisis” and calling on Burundi’s neighbors to play a constructive role in defusing the crisis, including monitoring borders, possibly with “drones,” to halt the reported flow of weapons.

He called on the Government to take all necessary steps to disarm pro-government militias and bring operations of the police, intelligence services and other security forces under the mantle of the law.

“While the future of the county is in the hands of Burundian leaders, this Council has a clear responsibility to do all in its power to prevent the worst from materializing in Burundi in the coming days,” he concluded. “We owe no less to the people of Burundi, who have endured enough.”


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