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Resolution adopted unanimously by the Governing Council
at its 175th session (Geneva, 1st October 2004)

The Governing Council of the Inter-Parliamentary Union,

Referring to the outline of the case of Mr. Norbert Ndihokubwayo of Burundi, as contained in the report of the Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians (CL/175/11(a) R.1), and to the resolution adopted at its 174th session (April 2004),

Taking account of the information provided by a member of the delegation of Burundi at the hearing held with the Committee on the occasion of the 111th Assembly (September 2004),

Recalling that a parliamentary working group was set up in April 2003 to examine, together with the competent authorities, how the investigation into the attempts on the life of the member of Parliament in question could be reactivated; that one of the suspects in the attempt on his life perpetrated in September 1994 has since been apprehended, albeit in connection with another crime for which he has been sentenced to life imprisonment; considering that, according to the information provided at the hearing, the parliamentary working group has been enjoying the cooperation of the authorities,

Noting that, on 30 August 2004, the National Assembly adopted the Law on the National Truth and Reconciliation Commission, provided for under the Arusha Peace Agreement; noting also that elections will be held later this year and the transition period thus brought to an end,

  1. Thanks the delegate of Burundi for the information provided;

  2. Notes with satisfaction the progress made by Burundi on the path towards national reconciliation; is confident that the establishment of the National Truth and Reconciliation Commission will also contribute to fully elucidating the crimes in question;

  3. Trusts that the new Parliament will establish a similar parliamentary working group to pursue the work already done, and would appreciate being kept informed in this respect;

  4. Trusts that the members of the present working group are and will be afforded all necessary protection;

  5. Requests the Secretary General to convey this resolution to the authorities and to the sources;

  6. Requests the Committee to continue examining this case and report to it at its next session, to be held on the occasion of the 112th Assembly (April 2005).

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