Earlier this month, Undersecretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs Maria Otero met with Burundian leaders. She addressed the growing violence in Burundi as well as human trafficking issues in her statement:
Press Statement after Meeting with President Nkurunziza October 3, 2011
By Maria Otero Under Secretary for Democracy and Global Affairs
Thank you for your very warm welcome.
I am happy to be in Burundi even if it is only for a short time and had a constructive meeting with the President Nkurunziza. We discussed our broad and expanding partnership with Burundi and, in particular, our common interests in ensuring that Burundi’s post-conflict transformation is peaceful and democratic and that the people of Burundi reap the socio-economic “peace dividend” they so deserve.
We offer our condolences to the families of the victims of the incident in Gatumba last month. We join with the people of Burundi in expressing our concern about the increasing level of violence in Burundi, both criminal and political. We welcome the Government’s commitment to investigate not only the killing at Gatumba but also the several dozen cases of extra-judicial killings documented over the past year by reputable international organizations…”
No Person Deserves To Be Trafficked
…With regard to specific concerns about trafficking in persons: No person deserves to be trafficked. No one has the right to hold someone and force them to work. Trafficking is a global issue. We urge the Government to ratify the Palermo Trafficking in Persons Protocol and to pass specific anti-trafficking legislation so that every man, woman and child is legally protected and that those who engage in trafficking are brought to justice.
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