December 4, 2020

UN Security Council agrees to send police to Burundi

The UN Security Council has authorised the deployment of a UN police force to Burundi to try to quell violence and human rights abuses in the country.

France requested a vote on a draft resolution presented two weeks ago to send up to 228 UN police to the capital Bujumbura and throughout Burundi for an initial period of a year.

Burundi has said it would not accept more than 50 UN police officers, but negotiations are ongoing on the proposed force.

French UN Ambassador Francois Delattre said it was the time for fighting against violence increase as BBC reports.

“Given an increase in violence and tension the Security Council must have eyes and ears on the ground to predict and ensure that the worst does not occur in Burundi”.

Burundi has been in turmoil since President Pierre Nkurunziza announced plans in April last year to run for a third term, which he went on to win.

More than 500 people have died, many of them in extrajudicial killings blamed on Burundian police, security forces and militias linked to the ruling party, according to the United Nations.

At least 270,000 people have fled the country towards neighbors countries includes Rwanda, Tanzania, DRC etc.

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