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04 September 2006 by -

«We are not afraid of appearing in front of the International Court. We have wanted international justice to be interested in the killings in Burundi for a long time.» So said Pasteur Habimana, the spokesperson for the National Liberation Forces (FNL) in an interview with Associated Press on 20 August. The Burundi rebel movement has admitted it was behind the massacre of over 160 Banyamulenge (Congolese Tutsi) refugees in the Gatumba camp, north-west of the capital Bujumbura, on 13 August.

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04 October 2004 by -

The latest ratifications by Burundi, Liberia and Guyana have enlarged membership of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to 97 countries. After being ravaged by war since 1989, Liberia's ratification has huge symbolic value. However, the Burundi ratification has raised some pressing issues. The site of almost-daily massacres for the last eleven years, the country has already been discreetly earmarked for investigations by prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo. His staff is looking into the slaughter of at least 152 Banyamulenge refugees at the Gatumba camp on 13 August 2004.

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06 October 2010 by Stef Vandeginste

With a successfully completed peace process followed by general elections in the summer of 2010, the case of Burundi seemingly contradicted the conventional wisdom that there can be no peace without justice. In fact, despite a rhetorical commitment to establishing transitional justice mechanisms, no action has so far been undertaken to end impunity for past human rights crimes.

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