Week 16 Report on Burundi

Burundi’s political situation remains tense, with continued reports of enforced disappearances, abductions, extra judicial killings, and incommunicado detention of political activists amongst other grave violations. All these incidents are directly linked to controversial decision by President Nkurunziza to contest for a third term in the 2015 elections. Police raids in opposition strongholds are organized on a daily basis and are followed by hundreds of arrests. Residents of Mugamba live in permanent state of fear as they experience frequent armed attacks attributable to rebel movements. The ultimatum given by President Nkurunziza worsens the state of fear. Civil disobedience as expressed by schoolchildren opens a new era of crackdown targeting youths.

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