Delivered on 13 March 2017

Delivered by Ms Aishath Shahula, First Secretary of the Republic of Maldives to the United Nations Office at Geneva

Thank you Mr. President,

The Maldives thanks the Commission of Inquiry for its oral briefing delivered today and its continued efforts to investigate the human rights violations and abuses in Burundi since April 2015.

The Maldives is concerned about the deterioration of human rights situation defenders in Burundi, in particularly the recent ban and provisional suspension of a number of civil society organizations by Burundian authorities. We deeply regret the suspending of five civil society organizations, including one of the country’s leading human rights institutions.

The Government of Maldives would like to encourage the Government of Burundi to address in a timely fashion, the alleged violations and uphold the values and rights, in particular, those espoused in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Burundi is a state party.

The Government of Maldives hopes that the Government of Burundi would extend maximum cooperation to the UN bodies in investigating alleged human rights abuses in the country, and bringing the perpetrators to justice in a timely manner.

Thank you.