UN Rights Body to Hold Special Session on Burundi Situation Next Week

The Human Rights Council will hold its twenty-fourth Special Session on the human rights situation in Burundi on Thursday, link December 17, 2015.

87 people were killed; 79 “enemies” and eight soldiers, according to Colonel Gaspard Baratuza, during and after coordinated assaults on three military installations early on Friday.

According to reports from UN, at least 240 people have been killed since April in the capital and about 215,000 others have fled.

The request for the Special Session, supported by 43 States, was delivered by the United States on Friday.

In order for a Special Session to be convened, the support of one-third of the Council – 16 or more – is required.

According to the office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), this request was thus far supported by 18 States Members of the Council which include Albania, Argentina, El Salvador, Estonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, France, Germany, Ghana, Ireland, Japan, Latvia, Mexico, Montenegro, Netherlands,  Portugal, Republic of Korea, United Kingdom and the United States.

The request was also supported by observer States of Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Colombia, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Hungary,  Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta,  Monaco,  Norway, Panama, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden.


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