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Burundi threatens to withdraw from UNHRC over allegations of crimes against humanity

Burundi has threatened to withdraw from the UN human rights council after a commission of inquiry on the country presented its findings, which include allegations of possible crimes against humanity committed by the government.

The state has refused to cooperate with the commission and last week declared the three commissioners to be personae non-gratae.

The Burundian ambassador to the UN in Geneva said the report was “full of lies” and “politically motivated” and threatened to sue the commissioners for defamation.

Burundi reserved the right to pull out of the UN human rights council if it was not treated better, Reuters reports a Burundian presidential adviser as having said.

Burundi’s term at the council is due to expire in December this year.