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Burundi ‘To Shut UN Rights Office’

The Burundi government has ordered the United Nations Human Rights Council to shut its office in the country within two months, foreign ministry and UN sources told AFP news agency.

“The Burundi government is growing more radical and defiant towards the international community,” the anonymous UN source told AFP.

Burundi boycotted an East African Community summit in November which was meant to focus on Burundi’s ongoing political crisis.

In 2017 Burundi left the International Criminal Court after it launched an investigation into the alleged atrocities in the country.

A wave of violence started in the country in 2015 when President Pierre Nkurunziza said he would run for a third term.

The political crisis led to hundreds of deaths, and more than 400,000 people fled the country, according to the UN.

 

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