Rights abuses persist in Burundi despite new president, says UN


Human rights abuses persist in Burundi despite a new government and that there had been “little” in the way of “positive changes”, a UN Commission of Inquiry found.

UN investigators have said that while there was hope for change when President Evariste Ndayishimiye replaced Pierre Nkurunziza in June, so far there has been no progress or improvement.

They have just completed their latest report covering May 2019 to May 2020, the UN’s fourth into Burundi, which suggests that serious violations had continued unabated.

But the investigators also looked into the current situation.

Discussing their findings, Francoise Hampson, said that though there was an expectation that the new president would usher in a new era, “there have continued to be killings… arbitrary detention and disappearances… and that is a matter of very grave concern”. (Source: BBC)