UN: Human Rights Abuses Persist In Burundi Despite New Gov’t

Meanwhile in Burundi; Human rights abuses including rape, murder and targeting of the country’s youth persist in Burundi despite a change of government, a new United Nations report has revealed. The report, released on Thursday, looks at the period preceding and following the May election of retired General Evariste Ndayishimiye, a member of the governing party who came to power after the 15-year rule of Pierre Nkurunziza.  Nkurunziza, who became president in 1995 after the country’s 12-year civil war, was elected for a third term in 2015 in a poll largely boycotted by the opposition. 1,200 people were killed and more than 400,000 displaced during the ensuing unrest between April 2015 and May 2017, according to the UN.

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