Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders welcomes the announcement by the President of Burundi Pierre Nkurunziza of the end of his mandate in 2020. The principle of democratic alternation lies at the heart of the Arusha Accords and of the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance.
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Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders expresses strong concern following the referendum of 17th May on the revision of the Constitution of Burundi, the results of which were announced on Monday.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo made a donation of 100.000 EUR to the fundraising operation “de Warmste Week”. This amount will be allocated to a project supporting victims of human trafficking in Tunisia (Avocats sans Frontières) and the improvement of youth rights in Burundi (KIYO). Minister De Croo handed over the cheque this morning to Music For Life. The operation is taking place this year in the Puyenbroeck domain in Wachtebeke, in East Flanders.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders welcomes the announced liberation of prisoners in Burundi after a presidential pardon from President Nkurunziza. These prisoners are protesters against the third mandate of the president and militants of the MSD party who were arrested during a protest on 8 March 2014.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders regrets the decision of the Burundian authorities to suspend their collaboration with the United Nations Office for Human Rights in Burundi and to declare persona non grata the three independent UN experts who investigated on the human rights situation in Burundi in the context of the EINUB (Enquête indépendante des Nations Unies sur le Burundi) mission. Belgium also deplores the intention expressed by the Burundian authorities to withdraw from the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.