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11 April 2008 by -

A report made public on 11 March by the UN secretary-general recommends setting up a «dual mechanism for establishing crimes and responsibilities» in Burundi, with the creation of a truth commission and a special chamber within the national courts. The commission would be made up of two Burundi nationals and three international members to ensure its «objectivity, impartiality and credibility». Its temporal jurisdiction would probably run from independence in 1962 to the mid-1990s, or even the present day.

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27 June 2005 by -

Burundi is to experiment transitional justice using a mixed model. On 20 June, the UN Security Council agreed to examine the recommendation made by Secretary General Kofi Annan to install a "dual mechanism to establish the facts and responsibilities" for the crimes committed in this small central- African country. Annan must now report back to the Security Council before 30 September on the cost and implications of setting up two complementary institutions - a truth commission and a special chamber within the national justice system.

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10 October 2005 by Thierry Cruvellier

The dual mechanism to establish crimes and responsibilities in Burundi will take longer to put into place than first announced. IJT has learnt that on 30 September, Kofi Annan will not be submitting his report to the UN Security Council on the creation of the special chamber to try those responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity, and in parallel, a truth commission. [see IJT-23]. It is now widely accepted that more time is needed to consult the nation and its leadership in the light of the recent political upheavals in Burundi.

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