Bujumbura, Burundi – The Independent National Human Rights Commission noted with interest that the campaign to explain the project of the constitutional amendment is smoothly following its course and that the preparations for the constitutional referendum scheduled for May 2018 are proceeding normally.

Mr. Jean Baptiste BARIBONEKEZA President of the CNIDH said human trafficking is still an issue in Burundi and indicated that his commission launched an awareness campaign to stop this crime.

Regarding the remarks of the UN Secretary-General, who expressed his concern about the amendment of the constitution, Jean Baptiste responded that it is up to the government of Burundi to conduct the smoothly the referendum process to strengthen national security.

For the UNHCR fundraising campaign to assist potential Burundians who may flee the country this year due to referendum election, the president of the CNIDH explained that the UNHCR fundraising is a precautionary measure any UN organization may take as well as a hint to the Burundi government to secure peace. He said, however, that peace prevails now throughout the country. Jean Baptiste also informed that 6 detainees, members of the AMIZERO Y’ABARUNDI coalition, are accused of other crimes and not of their political affiliation.