Burundi denies the country's taking a step backwards on human rights

Burundians arriving in Rwanda. File Photo: UNHCR/Kate Holt

Burundi's foreign minister denied that the country's human rights record is deteriorating on Friday, following an upsurge in arrests and civil unrest.

Earlier this week, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights described that bodies were being found in the streets of the capital "almost every day" – some showing signs of torture.

The small African nation has been wracked by unrest this year, after a failed coup.

Protests began, when the president decided to seek a third term, which demonstrators said was an unconstitutional move.

He subsequently went on to win re-election.

Priscilla Lecomte asked Burundi's foreign minister, Alain Nyamitwe, to explain the government's recent actions:

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