Statement attributable to the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General on the electoral process in Comoros

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The Secretary-General is following with concern the developments in Comoros since the publication by the National Independent Electoral Commission (CENI) of the provisional results of the primary elections of the President of the Union of Comoros and the first round of the elections of the Governors of the Islands of Grand Comoros, Anjouan and Mohéli.

The Secretary General urges the Government, the candidates and all the other actors and institutions involved in the electoral process to play by the rules and refrain from the use of violence.

New York, 28 February 2016

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The Secretary-General is following with concern the developments in Comoros since the publication by the National Independent Electoral Commission (CENI) of the provisional results of the primary elections of the President of the Union of Comoros and the first round of the elections of the Governors of the Islands of Grand Comoros, Anjouan and Mohéli.

The Secretary General urges the Government, the candidates and all the other actors and institutions involved in the electoral process to play by the rules and refrain from the use of violence.

New York, 28 February 2016

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of United Nations – Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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Japan provides USD 4.5 million to support UNHCR’s work in Sudan

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The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) welcomed today a contribution of US$ 4.5 million from the Government and people of Japan to support the agency’s work in Sudan.

UNHCR is supporting the Government of Sudan’s efforts to provide protection and assistance to refugees and asylum-seekers, as well as respond to the needs of internally displaced persons.

Japan’s contribution is mainly devoted to UNHCR’s activities in Khartoum, eastern Sudan and Darfur. The contribution will help ensure basic services and continue to support 90,000 refugees and host communities in eastern Sudan, including with primary health care, nutrition, water and sanitation facilities, and education.

UNHCR will also maintain a capacity to provide emergency shelter and non-food items for internally displaced persons.

H.E. Mr. Hideki Ito, Ambassador of Japan to Sudan, said: “Sudan has historically accommodated a large number of refugees. I am pleased to announce this year’s Japanese funding through UNHCR to provide necessary support to refugees and assist the Government of Sudan’s efforts in providing assistance to refugees and asylum-seekers and documentation for them. I trust Sudan will perform a positive role in stabilizing the region.”

UNHCR Representative, Mr. Mohammed Adar, said: “We are very grateful to the Government and people of Japan for their strong support to UNHCR in Sudan. This contribution will allow us, in close cooperation with the Sudanese authorities, to support the needs of refugees and other persons of concern.”

Sudan generously hosts over 300,000 refugees within its territory, from Chad, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Central African Republic and South Sudan.

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UNHCR in Sudan works with the Commissioner for Refugees (COR), the Humanitarian Aid Commission (HAC), the Sudanese Red Crescent Society and other national institutions to protect and assist refugees, asylum-seekers and internally displaced people. UNHCR has 11 offices in Sudan. The agency’s financial requirements for Sudan in 2016 amount to US$ 140,425,209 million.

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The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) welcomed today a contribution of US$ 4.5 million from the Government and people of Japan to support the agency’s work in Sudan.

UNHCR is supporting the Government of Sudan’s efforts to provide protection and assistance to refugees and asylum-seekers, as well as respond to the needs of internally displaced persons.

Japan’s contribution is mainly devoted to UNHCR’s activities in Khartoum, eastern Sudan and Darfur. The contribution will help ensure basic services and continue to support 90,000 refugees and host communities in eastern Sudan, including with primary health care, nutrition, water and sanitation facilities, and education.

UNHCR will also maintain a capacity to provide emergency shelter and non-food items for internally displaced persons.

H.E. Mr. Hideki Ito, Ambassador of Japan to Sudan, said: “Sudan has historically accommodated a large number of refugees. I am pleased to announce this year’s Japanese funding through UNHCR to provide necessary support to refugees and assist the Government of Sudan’s efforts in providing assistance to refugees and asylum-seekers and documentation for them. I trust Sudan will perform a positive role in stabilizing the region.”

UNHCR Representative, Mr. Mohammed Adar, said: “We are very grateful to the Government and people of Japan for their strong support to UNHCR in Sudan. This contribution will allow us, in close cooperation with the Sudanese authorities, to support the needs of refugees and other persons of concern.”

Sudan generously hosts over 300,000 refugees within its territory, from Chad, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Central African Republic and South Sudan.

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UNHCR in Sudan works with the Commissioner for Refugees (COR), the Humanitarian Aid Commission (HAC), the Sudanese Red Crescent Society and other national institutions to protect and assist refugees, asylum-seekers and internally displaced people. UNHCR has 11 offices in Sudan. The agency’s financial requirements for Sudan in 2016 amount to US$ 140,425,209 million.

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Republic of Congo refuses entry and sends back Amnesty International expert

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The Republic of Congo’s refusal of entry and return of an Amnesty International research manager on mission is another worrying sign of the government’s attempt to muzzle criticism ahead of Presidential elections, Amnesty International said today.

Late on Friday 26 February, Amnesty International’s Deputy Regional Director for West and Central Africa, Stephen Cockburn, was refused entry at the border and sent back to Dakar, despite having a valid visa, invitation letter and confirmations of meetings with authorities including the Minister of Defense and officials from the Ministry of Justice.

“Stifling independent human rights monitoring is unacceptable, and will do little to build confidence as Congo prepares for elections, especially in a context where political opponents have been detained and protestors killed,” said Netsanet Belay, Amnesty International’s Africa Research and Advocacy Director.

“The government should take all measures to ensure that these elections can be held in a climate that respects the freedom of all people to express their views, protest peacefully and monitor the human rights situation so that violations can be exposed and remedied.”

Upon his arrival at Brazzaville airport, Stephen Cockburn was taken out of the queue for passport control by a security official who was holding a piece of paper with the names of Stephen and two other Amnesty International colleagues, who were not due to arrive until later. His passport was confiscated and he was held, but not mistreated, at the airport until Saturday morning, when he was placed on a return flight to Dakar.

A document later provided to the airline referred to the motive for refusing entry as Amnesty’s ‘unwelcome’ presence and indicated that the visa should not have been granted.

Amnesty International was visiting Congo to meet authorities, embassies and UN agencies to discuss human rights violations committed by authorities and security forces, including in relation to forthcoming elections.

On Tuesday 23 February 2016, the head of the police had written to Amnesty International declining an invitation to meet the delegation, stressing his opinion that the organisation should not visit the country during a turbulent pre-electoral period, although he did not suggest the visit had been banned. The letter also criticized a July 2015 Amnesty International report documenting the expulsion of more than 180,000 DRC nationals in 2014.

Presidential elections are scheduled on 20 March. Last October, Amnesty International called on security forces to refrain from using excessive force after they fired on crowds gathered in Brazzaville and Pointe Noire to demonstrate against proposed changes in the country’s constitution. Opposition groups reported that at least 18 people were killed.

Amnesty International has also highlighted the detention of political opponents both before October’s constitutional referendum and in the run up to the forthcoming elections. Among those currently detained include Paulin Makaya, the leader of the political party ‘Unis Pour le Congo’ (UPC), and Serge Matsoulé, Federal Secretary for ‘Convention d’action pour la démocratie et le développement’ (CADD).

In October 2015, security forces surrounded the house of another opposition leader, Guy Brice Parfait Kolélas, without any judicial authority and did not let him leave for 12 days. In the same month six activists were arrested and sentenced to three months imprisonment for taking part in an unauthorized protest.

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AUC hosts Musical Concert in collaboration with the Nile Project Musical Band to popularize Project 2016 of the African Union

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The African Union Commission in collaboration with the Nile Project organized a musical concert to introduce the AU Project 2016. The event which took place on 24 February 2016 at the African Union (AU) Amphitheater was a crowd puller. It was aimed at raising awareness on the theme of the year 2016, African year of Human Rights with a particular focus on the Rights of Women, launched by the Heads of State and Government during the 26th AU Summit held from 21-31 January 2016 at the AU Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The concert which brought together revelers not limited to the AUC staff and management, students from various schools and colleges in Addis Ababa, representatives from AU Member States, Embassies Accredited to the AU, United Nations Agencies, Partners, local and international journalists, was held under the theme “2016: African Year of Human Rights with a particular focus on the Rights of Women- Human Rights and Culture Combined”.

The concert organized by the AUC department of political Affairs, the Directorate of Information and Communication together with the Nile project band featured a variety of traditional African music entertainment from over 10 Nile basin countries and as such represented the pan African regional cooperation and collaboration principles that guide the work of the Nile project and the African Union.

The Nile Project Musical Concert was the first among many activities planned for the duration of 2016, to celebrate the theme of the year: African Year of Human Rights with Particular focus on the Rights of Women- dubbed “Project 2016”. It was aimed at introducing Project 2016, the African Union’s Flagship Projects under the year theme, which entails all activities slated in support of the celebration. The musical concert served as an advocacy tool to sensitize the invited guests and other people through the media about Human Rights in Africa.

On behalf of H.E Dr. Aisha Laraba Abdullahi, Commissioner for Political Affairs of the AUC, Ambassador Salah S. Hammad Human Rights Expert at the AUC Department of Political addressed the population who gathered to witness the event. He said Africa’s unity is as a result of one voice and spirit of solidarity. Amb. Salah added that the grand event is a wonderful opportunity to launch not only Project 2016 but also marks the official launching of the AUC Amphitheater.

Also present at the event was Mr. Mina Girgis, President and CEO of the Nile Project who acknowledged the work of the African Union and thanked the AUC for granting the Band the suitable time and occasion to not only showcase the enormous talent of its artists but also serve as a medium to publicize Project 2016: the African year of Human rights with particular focus on the rights of women.

About the Nile Project Group

The Nile Project comprises of 33 musicians from 10 Nile Basin countries. The Nile Project is an organization whose mission is to inspire, inform and empower Nile citizens to collaboratively cultivate the sustainability of their shared ecosystem. The Nile Music Group succeeded to inspire and inform participants who attended the concert held at the headquarters of the African Union Commission through their various soul fetching musical instruments and music that were played by both male as well as female artists.

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Statement by IMF Deputy Managing Director Furusawa at the Conclusion of a Visit to Cote d’Ivoire

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Mr. Mitsuhiro Furusawa, Deputy Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), issued the following statement today in Abidjan at the conclusion of a visit to Cote d’Ivoire.

“My visit to Cote d’Ivoire has been extremely fruitful and informative. I wish to thank President Alassane Dramane Ouattara for meeting with me to discuss the country’s economic achievements and its outlook. I also want to thank Prime Minister Kablan Duncan and Minister Adama Kone for their insights.

“I commended President Ouattara for his strong leadership and economic record amid a deteriorating global environment. Cote d’Ivoire has experienced four years of strong growth, averaging 8.9 percent a year over the past 4 years. Maintaining this growth momentum will require transitioning to a more private sector-led model while effecting reforms aimed at improving the business environment.

“In my meetings with the authorities, I commended them for the sharp increase in pro-poor spending over the last years and the overhaul of the cocoa and coffee revenue distribution mechanisms to augment farmers’ stake. Although declining, as evidenced by a recent household survey, poverty, inequality, and unemployment remain high and significant regional disparities still exist. Against this background, we discussed ways to maintain economic progress while strengthening the transition towards a more inclusive model. These included a set of policy recommendations aimed at pursuing fiscal consolidation based on greater revenue mobilization and efficient spending, while increasing priority outlays. It will also require maintaining a disciplined fiscal policy in order to build buffers that would enable the conduct of counter-cyclical policy in the face of adverse shocks, as well as to contain the increase in public debt.

“The adoption of a recent financial strategy aimed at strengthening financial stability and fostering financial deepening and inclusion, in particular by enhancing small and medium enterprises to access to credit is welcome and the authorities are taking the necessary steps to restructure the remaining troubled banks.

“I would like to thank President Ouattara and the government and people of Cote d’Ivoire for their welcome and warm hospitality during my visit.”

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Uganda: Violations against opposition party impeding its efforts to contest election outcome

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The Ugandan government is continuing to violate the human rights of leaders of the opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) and undermining the ability of their party to legally challenge the results of the 18 February elections, said Amnesty International in a statement, as the 10-day deadline for filing presidential election petitions looms.

Security forces have repeatedly arrested the aggrieved presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye, and some of his party leadership colleagues and supporters. They have also besieged his home, and raided the party’s main office in the capital Kampala.

“The FDC has a legal right to challenge the election results and it must be allowed to do so,” said Sarah Jackson, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes.

“It is unacceptable for the government to stifle a lawfully-registered party from pursuing the only legal recourse available for it to contest the electoral outcome.”

Since the results were announced, Dr Besigye has been detained without charge at police stations or at his home in Kasangati, near Kampala.

His first post-election arrest was on 22 February, as he attempted to leave his home the day after he had suggested in a televised speech that he would challenge the outcome of the election in the Supreme Court.

“These arbitrary arrests are an affront to Dr Besigye’s right to freedom of movement and a clear sign of the prevailing climate of impunity and disregard for rule of law in Uganda,” said Sarah Jackson.

“The Ugandan government must fully and effectively respect its own constitution, and honour its voluntary international obligations to protect every Ugandan’s human rights, including to freedom of movement, freedom of expression, and freedom of peaceful assembly”.

Background

On 20 February, the Electoral Commission declared incumbent President Yoweri Museveni winner of the presidential election with 60.75% of the vote as opposed to Besigye’s 35.37%, an outcome Dr Besigye dismissed as fraudulent.

The election took place amidst a government-ordered social media shutdown that according to European Union (EU) election observers “unreasonably constrained freedom of expression and access to information”.

According to the police, Dr Besigye’s continued arrest was made under powers of “preventive arrest” for “utterances and activities that amount to incitement to violence and defiance of the law”. Amnesty International has examined Dr Besigye’s televised remarks and does not consider him to have incited violence.

FDC headquarters were raided by police on 19 February, while elections were ongoing in parts of Kampala. Witnesses interviewed by Amnesty International said police officers fired tear gas canisters at crowds gathered at the scene.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Amnesty International.

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The Ugandan government is continuing to violate the human rights of leaders of the opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) and undermining the ability of their party to legally challenge the results of the 18 February elections, said Amnesty International in a statement, as the 10-day deadline for filing presidential election petitions looms.

Security forces have repeatedly arrested the aggrieved presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye, and some of his party leadership colleagues and supporters. They have also besieged his home, and raided the party’s main office in the capital Kampala.

“The FDC has a legal right to challenge the election results and it must be allowed to do so,” said Sarah Jackson, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes.

“It is unacceptable for the government to stifle a lawfully-registered party from pursuing the only legal recourse available for it to contest the electoral outcome.”

Since the results were announced, Dr Besigye has been detained without charge at police stations or at his home in Kasangati, near Kampala.

His first post-election arrest was on 22 February, as he attempted to leave his home the day after he had suggested in a televised speech that he would challenge the outcome of the election in the Supreme Court.

“These arbitrary arrests are an affront to Dr Besigye’s right to freedom of movement and a clear sign of the prevailing climate of impunity and disregard for rule of law in Uganda,” said Sarah Jackson.

“The Ugandan government must fully and effectively respect its own constitution, and honour its voluntary international obligations to protect every Ugandan’s human rights, including to freedom of movement, freedom of expression, and freedom of peaceful assembly”.

Background

On 20 February, the Electoral Commission declared incumbent President Yoweri Museveni winner of the presidential election with 60.75% of the vote as opposed to Besigye’s 35.37%, an outcome Dr Besigye dismissed as fraudulent.

The election took place amidst a government-ordered social media shutdown that according to European Union (EU) election observers “unreasonably constrained freedom of expression and access to information”.

According to the police, Dr Besigye’s continued arrest was made under powers of “preventive arrest” for “utterances and activities that amount to incitement to violence and defiance of the law”. Amnesty International has examined Dr Besigye’s televised remarks and does not consider him to have incited violence.

FDC headquarters were raided by police on 19 February, while elections were ongoing in parts of Kampala. Witnesses interviewed by Amnesty International said police officers fired tear gas canisters at crowds gathered at the scene.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Amnesty International.

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IMF’s Regional Technical Assistance Center for Southern Africa Supports Strengthening Risk Based Supervision

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On February 22–26, the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) Regional Technical Assistance Center in Southern Africa (AFRITAC South) held a regional seminar at the Africa Training Institute in Mauritius on improving compliance with Risk Based Supervision (RBS) and Pillar 2 of Basel II.

The event brought together senior and mid-level officials from the supervision departments of the Central Banks of Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe as well as a guest speaker from the Macroeconomic and Financial Management Institute of Eastern and Southern Africa.

Mr. Vikram Punchoo, Deputy Governor, Bank of Mauritius, in his opening address said that the seminar was a timely event that would enhance the skills and competencies of the supervisors in the region. Participants at the seminar agreed on the relevance and pertinence of the seminar topic especially at a time when the global supervisory landscape has just gone through a paradigm shift.

Drawing on a recently conducted survey by the Heads of Supervision under the aegis of the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, participants concurred that the adoption of forward-looking RBS was one of the key challenges for supervisors. Participants also held a series of focused discussions on the supervision of various risks in bank operations and the nuances relating to the implementation of Pillar 2 of Basel II. They shared their experiences and exchanged knowledge regarding the implementation of RBS and the adoption of Pillar 2 of Basel II in their jurisdictions.

Through effective peer learning, the seminar promoted the importance of RBS in the region, complemented ongoing regional integration programs, and suggested measures for overcoming implementation challenges for each country.

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IMF Executive Board Concludes 2015 Article IV Consultation with Gabon

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On February 19, 2016, the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded the Article IV consultation[1] with Gabon.

Gabon’s economy is facing mounting headwinds. Economic activity benefited from a one-off boost in oil production in 2015, due to the introduction of new oil fields and productivity improvements, which are expected to help maintain overall growth around 4 percent in 2015. However, the slowdown in non-oil economy activity continued, led by construction, transport, commerce, and services. An important factor in slowing non-oil activity are falling oil prices and oil-related revenue, which is reducing aggregate demand and spurring a large fiscal consolidation. Even so, the strains on the budget are intensifying, leading to a shift of the fiscal balance (commitment basis) from a surplus of 2.5 percent of GDP in 2014 to a deficit of 2.3 percent in 2015, a rise in public debt above the government’s self-imposed ceiling of a debt-to-GDP ratio of 35 percent, and a decline in government deposits and foreign reserves. This substantial terms-of-trade shock is also impacting the external position, which turned from a surplus of 8.3 percent of GDP in 2014 to a deficit of 1.9 percent in 2015. Consumer price inflation (CPI) has come down sharply over the past year and expected to be about zero percent in 2015.

Gabon’s economy remains heavily dependent on oil, and as such the medium-term economic outlook has deteriorated in tandem with weakening prospects for that sector. In 2016, overall growth is expected to decline to 3.2 percent, largely due to declining oil production. Ongoing, large-scale investments in the agricultural sector, especially in cash crops such as palm oil and rubber, are expected to accelerate significantly in 2017–18, could lift growth to around 5 percent in the medium term. Realization of this scenario will depend on sustained progress on Gabon’s economic diversification strategy, the Plan Stratégique Gabon Emergent (PSGE), which needs to be carefully prioritized given the tight financing constraints posed by the current juncture.

The main downside risk to the outlook remains weak fiscal adjustment to sharply lower oil prices. In the event of weaker-than-projected performance on oil revenues or government spending, the government would be forced to substantially draw down on its deposit buffer and/or significantly increase borrowing. Other risks concern a stronger-than-expected spillover of the oil price shock to non-oil economic activity (including to the financial sector), a weaker global economy, tightening international financial conditions, as well as persistent fragility at three small distressed state-owned banks.

Executive Board Assessment[2]

Directors noted that the low oil price outlook and the secular decline in oil production continue to test Gabon’s macroeconomic resilience and weigh on the country’s medium-term growth prospects. Directors underscored the critical importance of redoubling efforts to foster economic diversification, continuing fiscal adjustment in response to the oil shock, buttressing financial sector stability, and invigorating structural reform.

Directors stressed the need for stronger efforts to ensure fiscal and external sustainability in the face of lower oil revenue. In this context, they supported the authorities’ focus on containing the public wage bill, and commended the recent elimination of diesel and petrol subsidies. They emphasized the importance of prioritizing measures to reverse the recent erosion of the revenue base by curbing tax exemptions and enhancing revenue administration. Other priorities include reducing inefficient spending in favor of productive expenditure, fostering private sector participation in infrastructure projects, and safeguarding social spending. Directors welcomed the ongoing public financial management reforms and encouraged the authorities to adopt the recommendations of recent Fund technical assistance, including strengthening treasury management.

Directors noted that while Gabon’s financial system is broadly sound, the weak financial condition of public banks needs to be addressed urgently. They underscored the need for vigilance on macro-financial linkages that could amplify the impact of the oil shock. They recommended close monitoring of nonperforming loans, given the strong links between the oil and non-oil sectors and the large role of government projects in the financial performance of Gabon’s banking sector. They also encouraged regional and national authorities to move rapidly to address troubled public banks. Directors highlighted the importance of financial deepening and economic diversification in enhancing the resilience of the financial sector.

Directors emphasized the need to continue to foster diversification and reduce Gabon’s vulnerability to oil price fluctuations. In this context, they welcomed the progress the authorities have made in developing the country’s infrastructure since embarking on their economic diversification plan in 2010. Given the reduced availability of financing, Directors encouraged reprioritizing the reform agenda. They recommended avoiding revenue-eroding tax holidays and focusing on high-impact infrastructure projects and productivity-boosting structural reforms, including strengthening education and institutions, and increasing labor market flexibility. Directors also encouraged the authorities to promote deeper intraregional integration and trade liberalization in CEMAC.

Directors called for a higher priority on improving the quality and timeliness of macroeconomic data to strengthen surveillance.

[1] Under Article IV of the IMF’s Articles of Agreement, the IMF holds bilateral discussions with members, usually every year. A staff team visits the country, collects economic and financial information, and discusses with officials the country’s economic developments and policies. On return to headquarters, the staff prepares a report, which forms the basis for discussion by the Executive Board.

[2] At the conclusion of the discussion, the Managing Director, as Chairman of the Board, summarizes the views of Executive Directors, and this summary is transmitted to the country’s authorities. An explanation of any qualifiers used in summings up can be found here: http://www.imf.org/external/np/sec/misc/qualifiers.htm.

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Statement on violence in Burundi

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Ms Dholakia said:

The UK remains gravely concerned about the situation in Burundi. Violence continues daily. We are particularly alarmed at increasing reports of human rights abuses, including sexual violence, assassinations and disappearances; as well as hate speech and incitement to violence.

We continue to call on all parties to take urgent steps to end the violence and restore the protections given to the people of Burundi in their Constitution and the Arusha Accords.

We welcome the commitments made by President Pierre Nkurunziza during the UN Secretary General’s visit on 23 February to release 2,000 prisoners detained since protests broke out in April; cancel arrest warrants; engage in dialogue with the opposition; and re-open two media outlets.

We also welcome the visit to Burundi this week by the delegation of African Heads of State (South Africa, Gabon, Ethiopia, Mauritania and Senegal) led by President Zuma of South Africa. This is another important opportunity for President Nkurunziza to demonstrate his commitment to dialogue.

The Government of Burundi must now move quickly to deliver on these commitments and participate fully in an inclusive political process outside of Burundi.

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