Escalation of Violence in Burundi as Protests Continue

Updated: Feb 20, 2019

Reiterating the concerns expressed in our 28th April 2015 Press Release, Impunity Watch (IW), the Netherlands, is extremely concerned by the violent crackdown on protestors and condemns the brazen violation by the authorities of the legitimate right of Burundians to freedom of assembly and association. After the world marked the international day for press freedom on Sunday 3rd May, IW denounces the continued violation by the Burundian authorities of the right to freedom of expression through the prohibitions imposed on the independent media. The current crisis threatens the fragile stability of the country and has the potential to spill over into neighbouring states. If Burundi is to move towards genuine democratisation and transformation, its deep-rooted culture of impunity must be addressed. It is time for the country’s leaders, opposition and civil society to prove their political maturity.


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