Partisan police, youth mar Burundi peace process

UN probes  BurundiFrom OMEGA SSUUNA in Bujumbura, Burundi
BUJUMBURA, (CAJ News) –RIGHTS group have called for international sanctions against culprits as Burundi police and youth from the ruling party intensify abuses against opponents of President Pierre Nkurunziza.
The violations have called government’s commitment to the resolution of prevailing crises into question.
Government had recently released some prisoners, mainly opponents of Nkurunziza, raising hopes of a truce but the uniformed forces and Imbonerakure, the youth militia loyal to the president, have killed, tortured, raped, and severely beaten scores of people across the country, including Burundians fleeing to Tanzanian refugee camps, rights groups reported.
Human rights advocates said government exacerbated the situation by obstructing United Nations’ ability to document and mitigate violations, which should compel members of the Security Council to take strong action.
“A Security Council mandated panel of experts could help identify officials, whether in government or the opposition, most responsible for ongoing summary executions, torture, and other serious human rights abuses,” said rights campaigner Lane Hartill.
He said targeted individual sanctions should have no negative effect on the broader Burundian population, but could send an important signal to decision makers that continued human rights violations were intolerable.
“If Security Council members allow Burundian officials to continue to abuse their people and openly flaunt their disregard for the Council’s decisions without consequences, they will feel emboldened and other countries may take notice.”
Burundi is enmeshed in crisis after Nkurunziza clung to power despite the lapse of his mandate in 2015.

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