Violators of human rights in Burundi will be held accountable, says UN chief

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WFP is working to assist tens of thousands of refugees from Burundi who have fled into neighbouring DRC, Rwanda and Tanzania to escape the ongoing political crisis. Photo: WFP

Anyone responsible for ordering or committing human rights violations in Burundi will be held accountable, the UN Secretary-General warned in a statement on Thursday.

Ban Ki-moon said he is gravely concerned by developments in the Central African country since the announcement of the electoral candidacy of President Nkurunziza, which the UN has warned is unconstitutional.

He added that he is especially concerned in the aftermath of the 13 May declaration of a coup d’état.

Stephanie Coutrix reports.

The UN chief has appealed for strict respect of Burundi's Constitution and condemned attempts to oust elected governments by military force.

Media reports indicated on Thursday that President Nkurunziza had returned to the country after an attempted coup had failed.

Civil unrest in Burundi was sparked after the President decided to run for a third term.

The UN Secretary-General is now urgently calling for calm and restraint.

Mathias Gillmann is Associate Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

"He urges all political and security leaders to clearly and openly reject the use of violence, refrain from acts of revenge, and rein in their militants.  He stresses that anyone responsible for ordering or committing human rights violations will be held accountable."

The UN chief added that he has full confidence that the Security Council will consider the various tools at its disposal in examining the situation in Burundi, including regarding accountability.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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