UN investigators urge ICC to probe Burundi crimes against humanity

The United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Burundi said it had "reasonable grounds to believe that crimes against humanity have been committed and continue to be committed in Burundi," pointing a finger at "the highest level of the state".

UN investigators urge ICC to probe Burundi crimes against humanity

World Bulletin / News Desk

UN investigators on Monday accused Burundi's government of crimes against humanity, including executions and torture, and urged the International Criminal Court to open a case "as soon as possible".

The three investigators, appointed by the Human Rights Council last September, described a "climate of fear" in the crisis-hit east African country.

The report detailed widespread and systematic abuses including extrajudicial executions, forced disappearances, torture and sexual violence.

"We are struck by the scale and the brutality of the violations," commission president Fatsah Ouguergouz said in a statement.

Decrying impunity in Burundi and the "strong likelihood that the perpetrators of these crimes will remain unpunished," the investigators asked "the International Criminal Court to open an investigation ... as soon as possible".

If it wants to follow that advice, the ICC will indeed need to move quickly: last year, Burundi formally announced it was withdrawing from the court, with the move set to take effect on October 27.

After that date, the ICC can only open a case if asked to do by the Security Council.

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