Fears Burundi is heading for another genocideFrom OMEGA SSUUNA in Bujumbura, Burundi
BUJUMBURA, (CAJ News) – ONGOING crimes against humanity, mainly blamed on the defence and security forces, could lead to a recurrence of genocide
Burundi has suffered in the past.
This is the warning from human rights groups as the political problems in the east African country escalate.
Deadly tensions have beset Burundi since President Pierre Nkurunziza clung on to power for a third term in office following a one-candidate election
opposition leaders boycotted in April 2015.
Since then, some 700 people have allegedly been killed, over 4 000 arbitrarily detained and 800 missing.
Hundreds of others have been tortured and dozens women sexually assaulted.
As a result, more than 250 000 Burundians have fled the country.
Human rights groups report that security forces, including by the National Intelligence Service (NIS) and the ruling National Council for the Defense
of Democracy youth militias, the Imbunerakure, are the chief perpetrators.
Evidence gathered by the groups established the Tustis were particularly targeted by the violence due to their ethnicity.
After intervention by African leaders appears ineffective, the United Nations has been urged step in.
“This crisis demands a strong response from the UN, notably through the deployment of a UN police and an international commission of inquiry to
prevent mass atrocities,” said a spokesperson of the International
Federation of Human Rights (FIDH).
The crisis has brought memories of the combined genocide that affected Burundi between 1962 and 1993 when 250 000 people were killed.
– CAJ News
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