UN Says Burundian Political Violence Victims Were Tortured

More than 130 people have died in violence sparked by President Pierre Nkurunziza’s decision to run for a third term and some of the victims’ bodies showed signs they were tortured, the United Nations human rights chief said.

"Almost every day, dead bodies are found lying on the streets of some of Bujumbura’s neighborhoods," Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein, the UN high commissioner for human rights, said on UN radio. Bujumbura is the capital of Burundi, a landlocked East African nation that holds 6 percent of the world’s nickel reserves.

Many of the victims were shot at close range and some were found with their hands tied behind their back or markings indicative of having been subjected to torture, he said.

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.

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