UN: Burundi may relapse into “full-fledged civil war”


In 2006 Burundi became the first post-conflict nation, along with Sierra Leone, to be referred to the UN Peacebuilding Commission, newly created to help countries avert relapsing into bloodshed, but now that relative stability is under serious threat.

High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein urged all actors involved in the political crisis to engage in a meaningful and truly inclusive dialogue

Burundi is very close to relapse into a “full-fledged civil war,” according to a statement by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein.

On 25 November, Zeid expressed his concern about the decision of the Burundian government to suspend 10 non-governmental organizations (NGOs), including several working on peace and human rights issues. “This suspension appears to be an attempt by Burundian authorities to silence dissenting voices and to limit the democratic space,” UN offi...

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