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(Sep 28, 2010) The Government of Burundi sent a strong protest, in the form of an official note to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, over a draft U.N. report that states Burundi committed human rights offenses. On September 22, 2010, Burundi denied it had violated international human rights standards and laws in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and asked that the Secretary-General remove Burundi from the list of nations that have committed such crimes. The offenses are alleged to have been the actions of the Burundian Armed Forces and the former Forces for the Defense of Democracy (FDD) in the years between March 1993 and June 2003. The FDD rebel group is now in power in Burundi. A statement from the Burundian authorities argues that the charges against the former rebel group were false "as their theatre of operations has always been on Burundian soil, where they were under pressure from [the then] government forces in Burundi." (Burundi Denies Violation of Human Rights in DRC, PANA ONLINE (Sept. 23, 2010), World News Connection online subscription database, NewsEdge Doc. No. 201009231477.1_f5330048adc262df.)

The U.N. draft report had been leaked, and its official release is being delayed. The report also accuses Rwandan forces of committing war crimes in the DRC in 1996 and 1997; Rwanda is also protesting the accusations. The United Nations plans to release statements from the concerned countries along with the report itself. (Burundi Protests War Crimes Allegations in UN Report, VOA NEWS (Sept. 22, 2010),

Author: Constance Johnson More by this author
Topic: Human rights and civil liberties More on this topic
Jurisdiction: Burundi More about this jurisdiction

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Last updated: 09/28/2010