By Prosper Makene, in Bujumbura
The Burundians have made a peaceful rally to refute the United Nation (UN)’s report which released the Human Rights Commission, saying that some top leaders of the ruling party CNDD FDD are behind violations that abuse human rights.
But Burundian government’s statement said: “This attitude of the Human Rights Council is indicative of the deliberate omission and spread of allegations fueled by the rumor. Burundi does not consider itself in conflict with the United Nations but deplores the acts of interference of certain member countries and advocates of neo-colonialism".
Speaking with journalists here in Bujumbura today after the peacefully rally, CNDD FDD Deputy Secretary General Joseph Ntarikutimana said that the UN report is totally wrong and it has the motive of bringing back killings and other problems in their country.
He added: “We are not worried on the report, because we believe that we are in the right track. Burundi is ready to make a dialogue with the United Nation, we have peace in our country and activities are going on smoothly.”
Ntarikutimana who is also member of the council of elders said that after 40 years of problems in Burundi which left 80 percent of the children living without their parents, the people in Burundi do not want to see such problems are coming again.
On his part, CNDD FDD Secretary General Evariste Ndayishimiye said that the UN report for Burundi which wanted to seizure some of their party leaders, for what said as the party involved on killings, hence infringing human rights is not factual.
However, Burundian government’s statement insisted: “By means of a vote, Burundi expressed its disapproval of the decision to set up this commission, and hence the country reiterates that none of the conclusions reached by this Commission of Inquiry can be invoked against it.”
The statement noted: “It is no longer a secret, after the failure of the insurrection, the coup d'état, the military invasion plan and many politico-diplomatic and even media-related maneuvers, the European Union and its traditional partners are preparing for their last battle to achieve their regime change plan in Burundi.”
This stubbornness on Burundi is therefore an ultimate will of the European Union and its traditional partners to destabilize and destroy sovereign countries after having accused them of all the evils through such reports as such has been the case for Libya , Iraq, Syria, the statement said.
The government comments on the UN report also said that the Commission which was voted by only 19 countries out of the 47 member countries of the Human Rights Council, presented a report whose content was foreseeable, which is not burdened with factual elements.
“The report based on the sole desire to overwhelm Burundian leaders with great reinforcements of anonymous testimonies, speculative conclusions and approximations that dishonor such a great institution as the Human Rights Council,” it said.
“Without claiming that the human rights situation in Burundi has no room for improvements, Burundi will spare no effort to challenge and denounce the relentlessness it has been victim over a number of years,” it said.
Its non-cooperation with the commission must be understood as a decision of a sovereign country and a measure of protest against the groundless accusations conveyed by EINUB, of which this commission was born and to which Burundi had offered its full cooperation before realizing that the search for truth was the least of their concerns, the statement observed.
Burundi notes with regret that the Human Rights Council has deliberately refrained from expressing its views on the Government's several comments to the previous reports of the same kind submitted to it; which are supported by evidence and concrete and illustrative examples that explain the facts and shed more light on the overall human rights situation in Burundi.