The government of Burundi led by Pierre Nkurunziza has refused to cooperate with a U.N. inquiry into months of political violence, claiming that accusations of abuses by its officials were part of a political plot by the international body.
Following clashes and killings since protests erupted in 2015 against the president’s decision to seek a third term, the United Nations announced an inquiry this week to identify perpetrators in the central African state.
“We are not involved in the investigation to be carried out by this commission,” Burundi’s human rights minister, Martin Nivyabandi, told journalists on Thursday.
“We are not refusing to cooperate with human rights institutions (on all matters) … we will continue to cooperate on other issues but will not be part of the investigation.”
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