No justice decade after Burundi massacre
From OMEGA SSUUNA in Bujumbura, Burundi
BUJUMBURA, (CAJ News) – BURUNDI authorities have been urged to hold accountable the perpetrators of a 2004 massacre of more than 150 refugees, most of them women and children.
The massacre in Gatumba is one of the worst ethnically targeted attacks in Burundi since the 1990s.
The leaders of the armed group that claimed responsibility have not been brought to justice.
Almost all of the victims were Banyamulenge – Congolese Tutsi from the province of South Kivu, in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
The attackers targeted them based on their ethnicity, shooting them or burning them to death, and sparing refugees from other ethnic groups and Burundians living in another part of the camp, rights groups said.
The Gatumba massacre was a direct and deliberate attack on unarmed civilians, said Daniel Bekele, Africa director at Human Rights Watch.
“The killings have been well-documented, yet 10 years later, no one has been prosecuted.”
The Burundian government has been urged to mark the anniversary by demonstrating its commitment to ending impunity for the killings at Gatumba and other grave crimes against unarmed civilians.
– CAJ News
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