GENEVA/BUJUMBURA, 29th February, 2016 (WAM) — Three United Nations independent experts appointed to investigate human rights violations in Burundi are scheduled to conduct their first country visit from 1st to 8th March.

The three experts are members of the United Nations Independent Investigation on Burundi, UNIIB, established by the Human Rights Council on 17th December, 2015 (resolution A/HRC/S-24/L.1) to undertake “an investigation into violations and abuses of human rights with a view to preventing further deterioration of the human rights situation.”

“During this visit, and in line with our mandate, we will engage with the authorities and all other relevant stakeholders,” said Christof Heyns, one of the experts. “Our aim is to help the state fulfil its human rights obligations, ensure accountability for human rights violations and abuses, including by identifying alleged perpetrators.”