Burundi peace hurt by human rights challenges, killings: UN envoy

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Karen Landgren, UN Envoy

Burundi has made some progress in consolidating peace, but recent developments could reverse gains, according to the UN top envoy in the country.

Karen Landgren told the UN Security Council that efforts to preserve the peace are being marred by human rights challenges and politically-motivated killings.

The United Nations Office in Burundi (BNUB) has documented 57 extrajudicial killings in the first 11 months of the year.

Recalling the September massacre of 39 people close to Burundi's capital, Bujumbura, Ms. Landgren warned the road out of the country's violent past would be long and difficult.

"This trial will be followed closely, and will test the impartiality and independence of Burundi's judicial system. However, I would like to underscore that this massacre is an isolated incident and that the security situation in the country remains calm."

Duration: 20''

The UN expects the government to take decisive measures to prevent killings linked to its own agents, and to punish those responsible.

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