UN Panel Urges International Inquiry Into Burundi Violence

A United Nations independent probe said it found evidence of human-rights abuses by Burundi’s government that could amount to crimes against humanity as it urged steps including the establishing of an international commission of inquiry.

The UN Independent Investigation in Burundi documented hundreds of cases of summary executions, targeted assassinations, arbitrary detention, torture and sexual violence, according to a statement on the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights’ website. Willy Nyamitwe, a spokesman for Burundi’s presidency, dismissed the report in comments on Twitter, saying it contained gossip and that the investigators hadn’t done their jobs properly.

The experts urged groups including the UN Human Rights Council and Security Council to set up the international commission and suggested the invocation of a UN charter if the East African nation’s government fails to comply with a resolution to deploy a UN police force. Unrest in the landlocked country has left more than 470 people since April 2015, when President Pierre Nkurunziza announced he would stand for a third term, a move his opponents called unconstitutional.

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