On Thursday 17th April 2014, the Burundian National Assembly voted (81 for, 0 abstentions, 1 against, and 26 absentees in the plenary) in favour of the law on the establishment, mandate, composition, organisation and functioning of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). On Monday 28 April 2014, the Senate in turn adopted the bill on the TRC by 35 votes for, 0 against and 1 abstention. After validation of certain amendments by the Senate, the text was sent by the President of the National Assembly to the President of the Republic, Pierre Nkurunziza on 30 April 2014. Today, the law is in the hands of the President of the Republic, who has 30 days to promulgate the law, or if necessary refer it back to Parliament for a second reading as stipulated in Article 197 of the Constitution of the Republic of Burundi.
Burundi: TRC Law Passed
Updated: Feb 21, 2019