Burundi Sees Upsurge in Arrests, Killings in September, UN Says

Burundi has seen an “alarming upsurge” in arrests, detentions and killings since the start of the month, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said.

The UN human rights office has registered 134 killings since unrest in the East African nation began in April, as well as hundreds of arbitrary arrests and detentions, including 704 in September alone, he said Monday in a statement on the agency’s website.

Burundi has been roiled by protests and violence since President Pierre Nkurunziza announced his bid for a third term five months ago. Opponents say Nkurunziza’s July re-election violates a two-term limit set in peace accords that ended a 12-year civil war in 2005.