Two new members of the National Commission Human for Rights Commission (CNIDH) were sworn in on Thursday, 11 October 2018, in front of the President of the Republic of Burundi and parliamentarians.
Gilbert Bécaud Njangwa replaced the commissioner Gamariel Nkurunziza and Ambassador Rose Ntawe replaced Josephine Niyonzima. Commissioners Gamariel Nkurunziza and Josephine Niyonzima have completed their four-year term.
In accordance with Decree No. 140 of 18 September 2018, the two new members of the National Commission for Human Rights(CNIDH) have sworn, before the President of the Republic and Parliamentarians, to faithfully fulfill independence and impartiality, during their mandate.
The newly elected chiefs pledged to never be guided by any interest and to devote themselves entirely to the protection and promotion of human rights in the strict respect of the Burundi constitution, the national charter, and other laws.
Gilbert Bécaud Njangwa and Ambassador Rose Ntawe were elected and approved by the deputies of the lower Chamber of the Parliament on 18 September 2018.
It should be noted that the election of Gilbert Bécaud Njangwa as the new Head of the CNIDH has been met with harsh criticisms from opponents of the Government of Burundi. The latter accuse Gilbert Bécaud Njangwa of participating in the repression of the government’s opponents; accusations that are denied by the concerned.
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