Burundian minister refutes reports of genocide

Burundian Human Rights Minister Martin Nivyabandi has denied reports of genocide that might take place in the country.


“According to reports on our disposal, there is no plan of elimination of one ethnic group in Burundi. It is a strategy of some groups to show the world that the situation in Burundi is very worse, but it is not the reality,” said Nivyabandi.

He also rejected reports of “abusive arrests and torture” alleged on the Burundian National Intelligence Service (SNR).

“We have a directorate in charge of human rights and legal assistance. People who are seeking our assistance have told us that the reported abusive arrests and torture are exaggerated.”

The minister called upon all Burundian citizens “to open up their eyes and avoid manipulations by people seeking their egocentric interests”.

“The Burundian government is committed to addressing challenges of security and human rights violations, and we will win,” said Nivyabandi.

The minister however acknowledged that there are cases of human rights violations in Burundi, stressing that it is “the same case in other countries, in America or in Europe”.

Burundi has suffered turmoil since April last year when President Nkurunziza announced that he would seek a third term, which he later won.

Opponents say the president’s move violates the constitution, and mounted waves of protests. Rights groups have reported several abusive arrests and torture in detention houses.

Over 500 people are said to have been killed in violence while some 270,000 people are said to have sought refuge in neighboring countries. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/News Ghana

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