For several months, FIDH and its Burundi member league, Iteka, have been keeping the European institutions informed on the evolution of the situation in Burundi, especially stressing the need to support the human rights defenders and the fight against impunity.
These concerns are spelled out in the European Parliament’s 17 December resolution that follows the 7 December resolution of the EU-ACP Joint Parliamentary Assembly on the post-electoral situation in Burundi.
Furthermore, close to 40 members of the european parliament signed an open letter urging the Burundian authorities to immediately stop attacking and harassing representatives of the civil society. The European Parliament (EP), like FIDH and Iteka, is calling upon the African Union and other parties to deploy a peace-keeping mission, under a UN mandate. The EP is also urging that the EU redirect all its non-humanitarian assistance provided to Burundi, to one that strengthens civil society instead.