National Assembly Spokesman Alexis Badian Ndayihimbaze

BUJUMBURA February 1st (ABP) – The office of the National Assembly of Burundi issued, on Wednesday January 30, 2019, in accordance with article 9 paragraph 1, article 13 and article 17 paragraph 2 of the law n ° 1/04 of 5th January 2011 on the creation of the National Independent Commission on Human Rights (CNIDH), a press release concerning the call for applications for five Commissioners members of that Commission.

According to the spokesman of the National Assembly of Burundi, Mr. Alexis Badian Ndayihimbaze, all those who wish to submit their candidatures must fulfill certain conditions, in particular to be of Burundian nationality, to be at least 30 years old, and not to belong to a body politic. There are also conditions for never having been convicted of a crime or offense, except for convictions for unintentional offenses, and for never having been subject to a professional ban, Ndayihimbaze said. In addition to these conditions, he added, candidates for these positions must speak and write Kirundi perfectly, speak and write French correctly. Knowledge of English is an asset.

Mr. Ndayihimbaze also said that candidates from non-governmental organizations (NGOs) dealing with human rights in general should have at least five years’ experience in the field of human rights. In addition, experience at the international level would be an asset, the statement said.

Regarding the documents required, the spokesman of the National Assembly said that the application file must include a handwritten letter of motivation addressed to the chairman of the commission responsible for selecting the candidatures for the said positions (maximum two pages), a detailed and up-to-date curriculum vitae and a photocopy of the national identity card. The file must also include a complete identity certificate, a certificate of good conduct, life and mores, an extract of the criminal record and a recommendation letter for candidates from religious denominations and children’s rights associations.

The same file must also include a certificate of services rendered for members from university professorial bodies and NGOs dealing with human rights in general. It must also include three references that can be contacted (first and last name, occupation, telephone, e-mail address), Ndayihimbaze said.

The detailed terms of reference for these positions can be picked up at the entrance to the Kigobe Convention Center or can also be found on the website and the Facebook accounts: Inama Nshingamateka and Twitter: @nshingamateka of the National Assembly, the spokesman of the National Assembly revealed.

Submissions are scheduled from Thursday January 31, to Thursday February 14, 2019, from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm, Ndayihimbaze said, adding that only selected candidates will be contacted and submitted files will not be given back to candidates.

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