UN issues another warning on escalation of violence in Burundi

 
 

'Deeply worrying new trends' 

  • The UN says there has been an increase in the number of enforced disappearances and torture cases in Burundi, as well as an increase in the use of sexual violence by government forces during searches of homes. +

Mass graves in Bujumbura

  • The UN also says witnesses have reported the existence of mass graves, including one allegedly containing the bodies of 100 people killed during a spike in violence in mid December. Some people reported being targeted because they were Tutsis. 

439 people killed since April 26th

  • The political violence in Burundi stems back to President Pierre Nkurunziza's decision to run for and subsequently win a third term in office despite questions over the constitutional validity of such a move. 

Burundi unrest: UN chief condemns violence as crisis escalates


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Ally of newly reelected Burundian president killed

  • General Adolphe Nshimirimana was killed when his vehicle was hit by a rocket in Burundi's capital Bujumbura on Sunday - sparking fears of more violence and unrest in the wake of President Pierre Nkurunziza electoral victory last week. 

  • AFP said that Esdras Ndikumana, one of their correspondents reporting from the scene of Mr. Nshimirimana's death, was detained by security forces for around two hours on Sunday during which he was severely beaten. 


Citing Burundi, Obama makes case for leaders respecting constitutional term limits

  • Speaking at the African Union, President Obama said he believed that the African continent's democratic progress was put at risk when leaders refused to step aside at the end of their terms in office. 

I love my work. But under out constitution I cannot run again.....I actually think I’m a pretty good president. I think if I ran, I could win. But I can’t....

And sometimes you’ll hear a leader say ‘I’m the only person who can hold this nation together’. If that’s true, then that leader has failed to truly build their nation
— Barack Obama, speaking at the AU in Addis Ababa