Burundi: Truth and Reconciliation Commission calls for multi-faceted support from international partners.

Burundi Truth and Reconciliation Commission(TRC) has called for multi-faceted support from international partners. Members of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) held on Wednesday, January 30, 2019, in Bujumbura, an informative meeting of the partners to raise awareness of the tasks of the TRC and the law governing the TRC, and to ask them for multi-faceted support.

In his introductory speech, the President of the TRC, Mr. Pierre-Claver Ndayicariye indicated that since Burundi’s accession to independence, Burundians have faced socio-political crises, some horrible and lethal than the others.

The Burundi TRC, supported by the Burundians, is therefore called to lead an important social path leading to healing of hearts and recovery of the dignity of the victims, a path, according to Ndayicariye,
recognition and protection of those who have protected others during different crises and who, each
day, slowly cement the paths of reconciliation.

The President of the TRC recalled that in the report delivered to parliament in September 2018 by the outgoing TRC, the predecessors were able to gather information from 70,000 people throughout the country and interesting facts about the main human rights violations committed during the crises that shook the country.

Ndayicariye further added that the TRC has already collected information on more than 4,000 mass graves scattered throughout the country.

Conscious of the magnitude of the task and the scope of its missions, the TRC asks international partners who are willing and able to support it in a multifaceted way, said Mr. Ndayicariye. According to him, political and diplomatic support for the process of truth and committed reconciliation is needed in Burundi.

It also needs support in its mission to restore victims in their dignity and rights as well as technical and financial support for the TRC, whose main task is the truth in the service of national reconciliation.

According to the president of the TRC, the Burundian victims of past tragedies are part of humanity. The partners of the international community are then invited to help this humanity through the TRC, Ndayicariye said.

He also asked countries and organizations related to historical and old relations of cooperation, to facilitate and support the consultation archives and documents on the history of Burundi kept within their administrations.

TRC mission: investigate and establish the truth.

Speaking of the missions of the TRC, Commissioner Deo Ndikumana, in his Article 6 of the law governing this commission which states that the 1st mission is to investigate and establish the truth about serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law during the period from February 26, 1985, to December 4, 2008, the date of the end of the belligerency in Burundi.

For him, investigations aim to elucidate violations of civil, economic and political rights. Major social problems, establishing the responsibilities of individuals and those of state institutions, morals, and private groups. They also aim at developing a place of conservation of human remains before their burial in dignity.

As for Commissioner Aloys Batungwanayo, also a member of the TRC, stated in his presentation on the management of wounded memories, that memory is important to register in the process of time, in duration and in history, to share the same experience, especially for the survivors of war, seeking to find the same emotions, their identity and to make sense of the death of their comrades.

In this sense, Batungwanayo said, a monument for all victims would help in the work of mourning, adding that sometimes the duty to remember is accompanied by a demand for reparation and recognition. For Mr. Batungwanayo, we commemorate the victims because we hope for a better world where there is no more of the “Never this”.

It should be noted that this meeting has received ambassadors accredited to Bujumbura and some officials of non-governmental organizations working in Burundi.

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