September 29, 2017 / 9:55 AM / 2 years ago

U.N. Human Rights Council extends Burundi rights probe

Policemen and soldiers patrol the streets in Burundi's capital Bujumbura, February 3, 2016. REUTERS/Jean Pierre Aime Harerimama

GENEVA (Reuters) - The U.N. Human Rights Council voted on Friday to extend the mandate of a Commission of Inquiry into human rights in Burundi, dealing a blow to an attempt by a group of African countries to replace the commission with a different team.

Burundi’s ambassador told the other 46 members of the council that their decision on Thursday to send a team of experts meant the full inquiry was no longer needed.

But the council voted by 22 to 11, with 14 abstentions, to back a European Union resolution to extend its mandate for a year.

Reporting by Tom Miles; editing by John Stonestreet

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