"Action Contre Genocide" questions UN Truth Commission plans
The commission and special court will classify the types of crimes and identify perpetrators.
[Justice Minister] Kiganahe said those who sought forgiveness would be accorded a chance to defend themselves.
The commission’s findings would help the special chamber, also three international and two Burundian judges, to prosecute crimes committed in 1972 when the minority Tutsi massacred Hutus and in 1993 when the majority Hutu killed Tutsis. The 1993 deaths followed the assassination of the first democratically elected Hutu president, Melchior Ndadaye.
Kiganahe said the presence of international commissioners and judges would lend fairness to the conclusions of the truth commission and to the special chamber for both the Hutu and Tutsi.
However, the chairperson of the Action Contre le Genocide (Action Against Genocide or AC Genocide), Venant Bamboneyeho said neither the commission nor the chamber would be helpful. “That special chamber has not been created anywhere else, why will it work for Burundi?”
AC Genocide has made several appeals to the UN to set up an international judicial commission of inquiry before the holding of general elections in Burundi to ensure that those implicated did not take part in the polls.
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