“The National Independent Human Rights Commission (CNIDH) is highly concerned with the rise of killings in some neighborhoods of the capital Bujumbura during the last two weeks in clashes where firearms are used,” said CNIDH Chairman Jean Baptiste Baribonekeza.
According to him, there have been several violations of human rights especially in Cibitoke and Mutakura on Oct. 3 and in Ngagara on Oct. 13 where at least 19 people were reportedly killed in two separate incidents.
“The violence in Cibitoke and Mutakura neighborhoods on Oct. 3 left nine people killed while the latest violence in Ngagara on Oct. 13 left at least ten people dead including Christophe Nkezabahizi, cameraman at Burundi National Radio and Television (RTNB) along with all his family,” said Baribonekeza.
He indicated that it is “a pity” that some people still illegally keep arms while they were requested to hand over them to security forces.
“An inclusive dialogue is a solution to the ongoing violence. We encourage the Burundian government to launch quickly the inter-Burundians’ dialogue with belligerents,” said Baribonekeza.
He also called on security forces to protect citizens and their rights during clashes with criminals and during arms search operations.
“We call for investigations on rights violations in order to sanction perpetrators of such violence,” said Baribonekeza. Enditem