Burundi rejects UN requests for human rights monitoring and eliminates street children and beggars (Fulvio Beltrami)

Burundi’s representative on the UN Human Rights Council said he had lost all hope that the country could cooperate with the newly appointed UN Special Rapporteur, who is responsible for monitoring and reporting on the human rights situation in the country. Burundi accuses the council of politicized interference in its internal affairs.

On 29 June, following an update by the Special Rapporteur, some European countries expressed concern about the “targeting measures against members of the political opposition”. They also asked authorities to “carefully investigate and prosecute cases of alleged extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, torture and other human rights violations and abuses. But at the same time, some European countries have praised the government’s efforts, the alleged progress and the questionable work of its national human rights commission, which lacks independence.
Unfortunately, Italy stands out among them. The Italian Ambassador to Uganda (also responsible for
Burundi and Rwanda) Massimiliano Mazzanti carefully avoids addressing the question of
daily human rights abuses perpetuated by the illegally ruling Burundian military junta, as well as avoiding talking about the troublesome but powerful presence of Rwandan terrorists FDLR (Democratic Liberation Forces of Rwanda).
Responsible for the genocide in Rwanda in 1994 and the first suspects for the extra execution
political tribunal for the Italian ambassador to Congo Luca Attanasio,
which took place near Goma, North Kivu in February 2021, the FDLR has controlled since 2014
the Burundian police apparatus, Imbonerakure paramilitary militia and manages to
influence the political life of the small African country held hostage by Nazi extremist fanatics
faith in the ideology of death HutuPower (power to the Hutu), which ensures the extermination of
Tutsi minority throughout the Great Lakes region. FDLR at the economic capital
Bujumbura also has an operational headquarters that is well known to the population.
Italian Ambassador Mazzanti’s position (knowing all the facts) falls within
in the obscure politics of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which takes place in Africa
progressively orients itself towards the support of the worst dictatorships among them those of
Eritrea and Etipia, responsible for the genocide that took place in Tigray.

The silence adopted by the diplomatic representation in Kampala is in line with the Burundian pro-dictatorship faction in the EU, whose representative in Burundi,
EU Ambassador Claude Bochu is one of the key figures in support of the racial dictatorship
Nazi, which also involves France. Another dark side of our foreign policy that follows the logic of interests linked to the Italian arms industry and policies
energy, which is beyond the control of parliament and citizens.
The myth of General Neva’s reform policy (alias Évariste
Ndayishimiye) illegally in power since May 2020 and alleged killer of former dictator and leader of the FDLR-FDD party: Pierre Nkurunziza, who died on June 8, 2020. Since the leader of the Hutu military junta came to power, UN reports highlighted the same patterns of abuse that occurred during Nkurunziza’s 15 years.
UN human rights experts say it is clear what the effort really is
to get the government to deal with the systematic violations of human rights in Burundi. There have been some positive but limited steps under Ndayishimiye. The Burundian authorities
they lifted some media and civil society suspensions and released several
human rights defenders and imprisoned journalists. Unfortunately, these were the opening moves
only facade and aims to achieve an end to the sanctions imposed by the Union
The European Union, recalled in February 2022 thanks to the active involvement of Italy and France and Italy
respective diplomatic representations in the Great Lakes Region.
In fact, the human rights situation in Burundi has worsened as it is coupled with a
irreversible economic crisis that plunges the country into the abyss. The classic
The EU’s ambiguity has created a paradoxical situation. The sanctions have been lifted on the basis of alleged improvements in human rights and so many alleged democratic openings, but the funds intended to support Burundi are not released as crimes against the population and the strengthening of the military-mafia dictatorship of the ruling party continue . CNDD-FDD

The latest UN report on the human rights situation in Burundi from 2022 highlights that
government repression is still entrenched with increased murders, extra-
trials, disappearances, arbitrary detentions and torture of suspected opponents of the military junta. The judiciary is not independent, the police are partly controlled by the Rwandan terrorists FLDR and the paramilitary militia Imbonerakure (linked to CNDD-FDD and FDLR) has increased its power by assuming police functions and trebling violence against citizens.

The UN is urging the Burundian authorities to transform
promises in action, gives access to UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights, release
all those who have been unjustly imprisoned punish the perpetrators of the crimes
population, dissolve the Imbonerakure militia and break the military-political alliance with it
FDLR terrorists. Unfortunately, these bare requests encounter strong obstacles and little commitment
support due to the pro-regime policies implemented by Italy, France and the pro faction
HutuPower within the EU and their representatives operating in the region.
To bolster evidence of escalating military junta crimes, the plan comes
government to eliminate all beggars and street children in Bujumbura from the streets. Of
in itself the initiative would be commendable, but the regime has reduced the delicate and titanic project to a cleaning operation that conducts raids by arresting beggars and street children.

Almost 300 beggars and street children were arrested between Wednesday the 20th and Thursday the 21st.
according to the National Federation of Children’s Associations of Burundi (FENADEB),
an umbrella group representing 70 civil society organizations. The authorities confirmed these operations, which they believe will last as long as “in Burundi
begging and the phenomenon of street children will not be completely eradicated”.
The permanent secretary of the Ministry of National Solidarity, Felix Ngendabanyikwa, said street children arrested by the police will be transferred to treatment centers to later be reintegrated in their places of origin, while adult beggars will be stabbed according to the law. The Burundian criminal code provides sentences ranging from two months in prison for the circumstance to 15 years for encouraging children to beg.

The police action was preceded by a ministerial edict issued at the end of June, which had given approximately 7,000 street children and approximately 4,000 adult beggars 2 weeks to disappear from the streets of Bujumbura or face the penalties set out in the law.
Burundian human rights activists are sounding the alarm as there is a well-founded suspicion that this police operation hides horrific end goals. They note that in order to solve the scourge of street children, the government has not involved Burundian and international NGOs, religious institutions, UNICEF to identify a national plan for the psychological, social and economic recovery of these children, while at the same time addressing the causes of the phenomenon is eradicated, such as poverty and parental violence. No one knows about the collection centers for arrested street children or the fate of adult beggars whose places of detention are unknown.

There are rumors that adults are begging alongside physically wasted street children
would be eliminated, while street children deemed eligible would be enlisted
strength in the paramilitary Imbonerakure militia and in the ranks of the Rwandan FDLR terrorists to
sending them later to fight the Burundian armed opposition RED Tabara in neighboring Congo. Diplomatic and civil society sources agree that these rumors may be dramatically true given the opacity of the police operation and the secrecy surrounding the fate of the arrested children and beggars.
It must be remembered that a similar operation was ordered by the late dictator Nkurunziza in 2018, but many of the street children and beggars who had been sent by their families inside the country had returned to Bujumbura, as explained by the coordinator of FENADEB, Ferdinand Ntamahungiro. Now the military junta would have chosen drastic solutions or rather FINAL SOLUTIONS.

Fulvio Beltrami

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