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Burundi Shut Down of UN Rights Office But UN Kafando Praises Museveni As Guterres Bans Press

By Matthew Russell Lee, Photo, Video, CJR

UNITED NATIONS GATE, February 2 – Burundi's Pierre Nkununziza government wanted all human rights presence out. Typically, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said nothing meaningful. On December 6, the day after Guterres like any dictator moved from his Mercedes with guards to a fancy dinner refusing a Press questions about corruption in his organization, Inner City Press asked Guterres and his spokesmen: "December 6-1: On Burundi, on which you have been refusing to respond to Inner City Press' written questions, please immediately confirm or deny that Burundi has asked the UN system to decrease its human rights presence and state the SG's view and response. Also, what is the UN's comment on the reporting about the Nkurunziza government's “torture house”?" Still, no answer at all, despite USG Alison Smale's promises such questions would be answered. Now only through regional media we learned that Guterres' part time Burundi envoy Michel Kafando used public funds to visit Uganda's Museveni on January 31 and, according to the story, praise him for his tireless efforts on Burundi? Really? How? This as Museveni's foreign minister Sam Kutesa took $500,000 from UN briber CEFC China Energy, to which Guterres himself is connected, and roughs up and bans the Press which asks. This is thuggery. And UN  Spokesman Stephane Duajrric said on camera he would be answering questions, here. Now this, from Burundi: "After a categorical refusal of collaboration with the OHCHR office decided by the Government of Burundi, it has closed this office permanently. According to an internal source of this office, the Government of Burundi sent a note to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva to serve to definitively close the office of the Office for Human Rights in Burundi... Four regional offices of the Office for Human Rights in Burundi, the Bujumbura, Makamba in the south of the country, Gitega and Ngozi in the north of the country had have been closed as of December 31, 2017.... [And so] Governance during this month of December 2018 was also characterized by the closure Office of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, the organized spoliations or looting of property belonging to politicians in exile, public demonstrations to mobile awareness of political hatred, the recurring crisis
fuel and its effects on prices of basic needs, the departure of international NGOs following the restrictive and immoral measures taken by the Bujumbura regime." 
Nor will Spokesman Stephane Dujarric answer on Guterres obvously incomplete Public Financial Disclosure, here.

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