Sincerity of Burundi's Commitment to TJ under Scrutiny as TRC Commissioners Sworn In; Four-Year TRC

Updated: Feb 21, 2019

Sincerity of Burundis Commitment to TJ under Scrutiny as TRC Commissioners Sworn In; Four-Year TRC Mandate Officially Begins. IW Looks at challenges that TJ processes such as the TRC will face in Burundi, and highlights a number of key concerns that are consequently raised. The establishment of national TJ mechanisms and their accompaniment by localised processes of TJ would present a real opportunity for Burundi to take the necessary steps to deal with its violent past, characterised by alleged war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. Yet in the current socio-political context – where the CNDD-FDD of incumbent President Pierre Nkurunziza maintains a tight grip of power, where opposition political parties are weak and divided, and where civil society organisations working on TJ have been largely ineffective in holding the government to account – there is a very real danger that TJ will be instrumentalised for the good of a few, rather than for the benefit of the masses.

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