No "significant progress" in fighting impunity in Burundi

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No "significant progress" has been made in fighting impunity in Burundi as the country prepares for elections in 2015, according to the top UN envoy in the country.

In his briefing to the Security Council, Parfait Onanga-Anyanga, the head of the UN Office in Burundi (BNUB), added that there has been a significant drop in acts of violence and intolerance perpetrated by youth affiliated with political parties.

And he said there had been another recent positive development.

"On 29 September, human rights defender Mr Pierre Claver Mbonimpa was released on health grounds. However, his case is still pending in the courts. It should also be noted that no significant progress has been seen in the fight against impunity, including the cases of extrajudicial killings that BNUB has documented since 2011, considering that only a small number of cases have been tried in a court of law." (29")

Mr. Onanga-Anyanga said that in a related development, justice reform has been slow, especially concerning what he described as "the key issues" of the independence of the judiciary.

Stephanie Castro, United Nations

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