Tuesday, 19 October 2021 10:08 GMT

Burundi: Human rights breaches continue

(MENAFN) On Friday, Sep. 17 in a claim rebuffed by Burundi’s government, a global rights outfit stated, human rights breaches have continued in Burundi, during a year after President Evariste Ndayishimiye assumed the nation’s highest office.

In Cibitoke province, Burundi’s intelligence services, security forces, and members of the ruling party’s youth league have “allegedly killed, disappeared, and tortured real or perceived political opponents and people suspected of having ties with Burundian rebels in neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo,” noted Human Rights Watch in a report.

The report added that people traversing the Rusizi River to travel between DR Congo and the Burundian Cibitoke province for personal business have evidently been reported missing, and their fate is still mysterious.

Lewis Mudge, Central Africa director at Human Rights Watch stated in the report: “the combination of rampant corruption, impunity for past abuses, and a crippled judiciary has created the perfect storm for police, national intelligence, and Imbonerakure members to apparently kill, torture, disappear, and steal without consequences.”

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