In Summary
  • Burundi has been widely criticised for alleged rights abuses committed since 2015, but has been incensed by this latest report which points the finger squarely at Nkurunziza.
  • The country plunged into crisis in 2015 after Nkurunziza sought a fiercely contested third term in office that his opponents said was unconstitutional.

NAIROBI

Hundreds of Burundians took part in government organised protests on Saturday against a UN report that blamed President Pierre Nkurunziza for fuelling hatred and violence.

Around a thousand people heeded the call to take to the streets of the capital, Bujumbura, with other gatherings held elsewhere in the restive central African nation.

The demonstrations peaked days of protests against the UN Human Rights Council which, on Monday, is due to hear from a government delegation which is expected to reject the report.

On Tuesday, Burundi's parliament condemned the report, saying it aimed at undermining the government and creating "chaos".

The following day, the government declared as personae non grata three UN rights investigators, with Foreign Minister Ezechiel Nibigira saying their report was "defamatory and deceitful".

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