Concern mounts over spreading Burundi election violence

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A family from Burunid who fled the north of the country into Rwanda where the situation is deteriorating ahead of the presidential poll. Photo: UNICEF Burundi/Y.Nijimbere

Elections in Burundi will be hard to take seriously amid mounting violence in the run-up to the presidential poll, the UN Human Rights office (OHCHR) said Friday.

More than 145,000 people have fled the country in recent months, fearing for their lives, while the UN body has expressed concern at a growing number of armed groups and threats from military leaders associated with a failed coup.

OHCHR's Rupert Colville has been speaking to Daniel Johnson about the situation ahead of the election which sees President Pierre Nkurunziza running for a controversial third term.

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