Increase in Burundi violence worries UN

 

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Authorities in Burundi are being urged to work with the opposition to stop an escalation of violence and killings.

The UN office for Human Rights says a massacre of at least 38 people in the Gitumba region west of the capital Bujumbura was an indication of the increasing level of violence in the country.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay says the violence was particularly disturbing as it appears to be directed at members of the opposition National Liberation Front.

Ravina Shamdasani is from the UN Human Rights Office.

 "The Government of Burundi immediately condemned the Gatumba killings and set up a Commission of inquiry to clarify the circumstances of this event and bring the perpetrators to justice. Given that other commissions of inquiry set up to investigate past killings have so far yielded no prosecutions, we encourage the Government to ensure prompt and impartial investigations of all human rights violations, in line with international human rights standards, and to ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice. We urge all parties to refrain from reprisal attacks. The fight against past impunity is in this context essential."

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