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The Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU), at its 595 th meeting, held on
28 April 2016, adopted the following decision on the Report of the African Commission on
Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) on its fact-finding mission to Burundi:
Takes note of the report of the ACHPR on its fact-finding mission to Burundi undertaken
from 7 to 13 December 2015, pursuant to paragraph 12 (iv) of communiqué PSC/PR/
COMM.(DLVII), adopted at its 551st meeting held on 17 October 2015, in which Council agreed
on the launching of an in-depth investigation on the violations of human rights and other
abuses against civilian populations in Burundi, for the purposes of enabling Council to take
additional measures. In this regard, Council requested the ACHPR to urgently take the required
steps to carry out this investigation and to submit to it a report within a maximum period of
forty five (45) days. Council also takes note of the presentation of the Report by the
Representative of the ACHPR and the statement made by the Representative of Burundi;
Recalls its previous communiqués and press statements on the situation in Burundi, in
particular the Communiqué PSC/PR/COMM.2(DXV) adopted at its 515th meeting held on 13
June 2015, Communiqué PSC/PR/COMM.(DXXIII) adopted at its 523rd meeting held on 9 July
2015, Communiqué PSC/BR/PR.(DXXXI) adopted at its 531st meeting held on 6 August 2015, the
Communiqué on the situation in Burundi adopted at its 551st meeting held on 17 October 2015,
Communiqué PSC/PR/COMM.(DLVII) adopted at its 557th meeting held on 13 November 2015,
Communiqué PSC/PR/COMM.(DLXV) adopted at its 565th meeting held on 17 December 2015,
Communiqué PSC/AHG/COMM.3(DLXXI) adopted at its 571st meeting held on 29 January 2016,
by the Heads of State and Government, and Communiqué PSC/PR/COMM.(DLXXXI) adopted at
its 581st meeting held on 9 March 2016;
Reaffirms that the August 2000 Arusha Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation and the
Constitution of the Republic of Burundi remain the foundation and cornerstone of peace,
security and stability in Burundi;
Underscores the imperative of a consensual approach among the Burundian
stakeholders, if ever there would be need to address issues of contention relating to the
Constitution of Burundi and the Arusha Agreement;
Reiterates its deep concern about the persistent instability in Burundi, characterized by
continued assassinations of military officers and civilians. Council reiterates the AU’s strong
condemnation of all acts of violence, irrespective of the perpetrators, and human rights
violations, as documented in the Report submitted by the ACHPR. However, Council notes that
most of the contents of the Report have been overtaken by many national, regional,

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