In the new site of Mulongwe works are ongoing with two operational partners (MEDEOR and CARITAS) working with their own funds.

We urge the authorities to use the Commission’s report as an opportunity to rethink this stance before the situation deteriorates further.

We are deeply concerned at reports that gunmen forcibly entered the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Bujumbura.

Forty-four percent of the land is arable, but only 9 percent is planted with permanent crops. The most fertile areas are in the highlands, where temperatures are moderate and rainfall averages sixty inches (152 centimeters) a year. The plateau is also wooded, particularly at the higher altitudes.

The wildlife includes elephants, hippopotamus, crocodiles, buffalo, warthogs, baboons, and antelopes.

Clearly these are not the actions of a state committed to upholding the highest standards in the promotion and protection of human rights as required by members of the Human Rights Council.

To date, the Burundian Government has refused to engage with the international community, including with this Commission, to bring an end to the violence and hold the perpetrators to account.

A further 23,000 Burundian refugees, who have lived for decades in Tanzania, no longer receive assistance.

Voluntary Repatriation of Burundian Refugees from Tanzania started on 7 September 2017.

The Government of Burundi has a duty to protect diplomatic staff and premises.

Assuming the mandate is renewed, how does the Commission intend to continue to work with regional and international bodies, and what immediate steps can the international community take to prevent a further deterioration?

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