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    US Raises Alarm of Possible Human Rights Violations in Burundi

    Suspected fighters are paraded before the media by Burundian police near a recovered cache of weapons after clashes in the capital Bujumbura, Burundi, Dec. 12, 2015.
    Suspected fighters are paraded before the media by Burundian police near a recovered cache of weapons after clashes in the capital Bujumbura, Burundi, Dec. 12, 2015.
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    The U.S. State Department says it is "deeply alarmed" by reports out of Burundi of serious human rights violations stemming from a nine-month political crisis.

    Spokesman Mark Toner issued a statement Tuesday calling on the Burundian government to "permit an immediate, impartial investigation into these recent allegations and to hold accountable all those found responsible for crimes."

    Numerous reports of gang rapes of women by security forces, torture, extrajudicial killings and reports of mass graves prompted U.N. human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein to warn last Friday that "all the alarm signals, including the increasing ethnic dimension of the crisis, are flashing red."

    Toner also called on the government of Burundi "to allow for the immediate full deployment and unimpeded access of African Union human rights observers to investigate these allegations."

    Refused peacekeeper offer

    Burundi refused an offer by the AU last month to send 5,000 peacekeepers to Burundi to stop the violence. The government said the AU troops could be attacked if they attempt to come without permission.

    The Burundian government has also refused to participate in talks that include the political opposition, which it accuses of "supporting violence."

    Burundi was thrown into crisis last April after President Pierre Nkurunziza announced he would seek a third term in office, a decision that triggered street protests that were met with violence by security forces.

    Hundreds of people have died in the violence, while thousands of Burundians have fled their homeland.

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    by: Gahinja from: burundi
    January 21, 2016 12:11 AM
    Burundi is facing lies , remember what Bernard Maingain posted on facebook and send it to UNSC to show that Burundi is killing its people. Burundi people is living peacefully, none is killing another except the small group leaded by the opposition witch is killing innocent people and then take picture and sand to their leader in Europe (belgum)>. The genocide is only passing through internet. We call it electronic genocide. because physically, there is no genocide in burundi. It is only the word exported by Kagame to Burundi because he know that it is the one that gave him Power. Burundi is different of Rwanda.

    by: emmanuel
    January 20, 2016 12:40 PM
    Dictators in Africa have led to alot of human sufferings. Why are people so greedy for power in Africa?

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