Burundi genocide shows no sign of abating

Burundi Ethnic cleansingFrom PHYLLIS BIRORI in Kigali, Rwanda
KIGALI, (CAJ News) – THE United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Burundi has reported an escalation of human rights violations since President Pierre Nkurunziza controversially retained power in 2015.
The commission, whose members Nkurunziza’s government has barred from entering the country, disclosed reports of extrajudicial killings, torture, arbitrary detention and enforced disappearances and sexual violence.
Fatsah Ouguergouz, head of the inquiry, said since last June, when the commission made its oral declaration at the Human Rights Council, it received no sign of a positive evolution of the situation in Burundi.
The conclusion is based on more than 470 testimonies with people inside Burundi and in exile.
“The signal that we have received through those testimonies are for us clear evidence that the situation is not improving since June,” he said.
“There is no cooperation with the government on these findings. The commission was not allowed into the territory.”
The nearly 500 interviews were done outside of Burundi or through third-parties with people in Burundi.
The findings will be presented to the Human Rights Council in Geneva in September.
The commission is mandated to identify the alleged perpetrators of violations and abuses since April 2015 when Nkurunziza secured an unconstitutional third term.
Imbonerakure, youth aligned to the ruling party, are accused of unleashing a reign of terror against opposition supporters.
More than 400 000 Burundians have fled the country.

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