UN expresses its concern over detention of Burundi activist

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Stéphane Dujarric. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine

The arrest of a prominent human rights activist in Burundi is cause for concern, the UN has said.

UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric noted that Pierre Claver Mbonimpa is currently in pre-trial detention for allegations he made on a Burundian radio station.

Mr Mbonimpa is the President of the Association for the Protection of Human Rights and Detained Persons (APRODH).

Mr Dujarric said the UN had no information to substantiate the allegations he made on the radio.

"We call on Burundian authorities to observe the right to due process in accordance with the international human rights standards that Burundi has committed to uphold. We continue to follow closely the political situation in Burundi. We are concerned over the continued restrictions on civil liberties, for members of opposition political parties, and for media and civil society organizations, especially in the run-up to the 2015 elections."

The Burundi human rights activist is reportedly being charged with "forgery and endangering internal and external security of the State", according to local media reports.

Mr Dujarric says the UN continues to follow closely the political situation in Burundi.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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