Bujumbura: At least 400 people have been killed and almost 3,500 arrested amid a campaign of political repression which has unnerved the region two decades after a genocide in neighboring Rwanda.
“Burundi is at bursting point, on the very cusp of a civil war,” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad said, Press TV reported.
The current political crisis is rooted in a conflict between supporters of President Pierre Nkurunziza and his opponents who say his re-election in July for a third term violated the constitution.
On Wednesday, UN chief Ban Ki-moon voiced concern over the “chilling” escalation of violence. “We must do all we can to prevent mass violence and act decisively should it erupt,” he said.
Ban said his special adviser, Jamal Benomar, would travel to the region to press all sides involved in the conflict to engage in political dialog.
The 54-member African Union’s Peace and Security Council said on Thursday it would “not allow another genocide to take place” in Burundi.