African Union Told Faster Troop Deployment in Burundi Is Needed

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The African Union has been called upon by its own peace and security council to speed up plans for troop deployment in Burundi, as violence in the country continues to escalate.

The council also urged for investigations into rights abuses, confirming it would impose sanctions on anyone who is found to incite further violence in the conflict-stricken nation.

 

Edging towards another civil war

As violence continues to thrive in Burundi fears that another civil war could break out in the country are growing. Divisions within the nation’s army have been well documented in recent months, with a spate of assassination attempts on key figures – many of which successful.

Tensions between the army and the country’s police force have turned bloody and divisions within the military garnered public attention after a failed coup attempt, by General Godefroid Niyombaré, on May 13.

 

Daily outbreaks of violence in Bujumbura

Burundi was plunged into political unrest after President Nkurunziza announced he would run for an unconstitutional third term. Protests broke out across the country, but it’s been the nation’s capital that has suffered outbreaks of violence almost every day.

On Friday, treasurer of the opposition MSD party, Charlotte Umugwaneza, was found dead outside the capital city. Her bloodied body was dumped near a river, after she was adducted by an unknown group, who later shot and stabbed the victim, according to her husband.

Déo Ndikumana said his wife had fled the country after receiving death threats for taking part in protests against President Nkurunziza, but returned after two months. He has no doubt his wife was killed for political reasons and these are the kind of recurring human rights violations the AU’s peace and security council wants investigated.

 

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50th Anniversary African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia” by U.S. Department of State – http://www.flickr.com/photos/statephotos/8826657534/sizes/o/in/photostream/. Licensed under Public Domain via Commons.