UN Finally Admits Burundi’s Government Is Killing Tutsis


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The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said on Wednesday he feared increased violence and incitement in Burundi's crisis could turn ethnic in nature, but the government rebuffed his comments.

U.N. human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein also told a meeting in Geneva while giving a report on Burundi that he was concerned about suspensions and arrests of students for defacing portraits of President Pierre Nkurunziza's earlier this month.

Burundi has been mired in a year-long crisis in which more than 450 people have been killed since Nkurunziza pursued and won a third term. Opponents said his move violated the constitution and a deal that ended a civil war in 2005.

The central African country has an ethnic Hutu majority and Tutsi minority.

Zeid said while the number of Burundians killed had fallen since April, cases of arbitrary arrests, detention and torture had continued while ex-officers of the defunct armed forces, or FAB, had been killed because of their Tutsi ethnicity.

"I am alarmed by the very real prospect of an escalation in ethnic violence," he said.

"In the south of the country, I have also been informed of speeches by members of the Imbonerakure amounting to incitement to violence against political opponents, with strong ethnic overtones," he added, referring the ruling party's youth wing.

Neighboring Rwanda also has a Hutu majority and Tutsi minority. In Rwanda in 1994, extremist Hutus killed about 800,000 people, mostly Tutsis but also moderate Hutus,

in a genocide after years of civil war.

Burundi's government rejected Zeid's accusations, saying his report to the U.N. Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva omitted a lot of other items and was imbalanced.

"We would like to remind the council that the Imbonerakure are just members of the youth league of the CNDD-FDD, just like any other party in Burundi that has a youth component in its organization. Their stigmatization, through the different reports and statements, has cost a lot of lives," Burundian Human Rights Minister Martin Nivyabandi said.

"It's scandalous that the report does not mention young people who have tried to create chaos, after being recruited, trained and armed. There serious attacks with heavy weapons... murders by non-identified actors against members of defense and security forces - we don't really see it in this report."

Early this month, 530 students were sent home from schools across the central African country for defacing Nkurunziza's portrait, and in one incident, police shot and wounded another as they demonstrated against the arrest of fellow students.

"I am dismayed by continuing reports of the suspension and arrest of school children and students for having scribbled on pictures of the president in textbooks," Zeid said.


Source: Reuters
 
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UN officials are just beginning to acknowledge what we at TAI have been sounding the alarm about since January: the conflict in Burundi has a “persistent ethnic character.” About time—the Hutu-dominated regime has been targeting minority Tutsis for months. Reutersreports:

Zeid [the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights] said while the number of Burundians killed had fallen since April, cases of arbitrary arrests, detention and torture had continued while ex-officers of the defunct armed forces, or FAB, had been killed because of their Tutsi ethnicity.

“I am alarmed by the very real prospect of an escalation in ethnic violence,” he said.


“In the south of the country, I have also been informed of speeches by members of the Imbonerakure amounting to incitement to violence against political opponents, with strong ethnic overtones,” he added, referring the ruling party’s youth wing.


TAI forwarded the article to a young Burundian refugee now living in Rwanda. She declined to give her name for fear of reprisal against her friends still in Burundi, but offered the following comment: “His [Zeid’s] worry is very founded . . . Because that is exactly what’s happening in Burundi . . . Tutsis are being killed silently.”

Finally the media and liberal internationalist types are giving up their stubborn adherence to the “Voldemort theory.” Like the well-meaning but ultimately mistaken witches and wizards of the Harry Potter series who blinded themselves to Voldemort’s return because they couldn’t bring themselves to say the Dark Lord’s name, international observers of the conflict in Burundi have spent months pretending this is merely a “political struggle” while the regime’s mostly Tutsi opponents die mysterious, violent deaths. The Dark Lord is back, and his name is ethnic conflict. Before we can mount a defense against him, we must dare to say his name.


What is happening in Burundi is not yet a full-scale civil war or ethnic cleansing, but it may well be a prelude to genocide.


What does a prelude to genocide look like? High-ranking Tutsis are murdered or removed from their government posts. Hundreds of thousands of refugees flee to neighboring countries. More than 500 students are suspended from school for quiet acts of defiance, such as doodling over the president’s portrait in their textbooks. The regime moves to shut down independent media and monopolize the distribution of information through state-run radio and television outlets. Youth militias step up their training and spout hateful rhetoric. Sensing that things could go south very suddenly, a majority of the embassies in Bujumbura, Burundi’s capital, fly their diplomats’ families back home and operate on a barebones staff that can be evacuated at a moment’s notice. All the pieces are falling into place.


Now that the UN has finally acknowledged that Burundi’s government is targeting Tutsis, let’s hope that the media will come around as well with more clear-sighted coverage of the real and tragic ethnic dynamics of the conflict there. Burundi is experiencing a nightmarish prelude to genocide. High time the world wakes up.


Posted: Yesterday at 10:40 PM | Author: MK
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Can we see a United Nations report on Burundi crisis?
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