Report an act of vengeance - Burundi

2010-11-25 22:19

Bujumbura - Burundi's government on Thursday rejected accusations by Human Rights Watch (HRW) that it was increasing repression, calling a new report by the New York-based watchdog an "act of vengeance".

In its report published Tuesday, HRW accused authorities in the tiny central African nation of intensifying a crackdown against civil society, the media and the political opposition since holding elections earlier this year.

"The HRW representative took a position against the electoral process and predicted, along with her opposition associates, an electoral apocalypse in Burundi, causing the government to expel her in June," a statement said.

"This report, which was written by the (former) HRW representative is an act of vengeance and frustration after she saw... the electoral process succeed," government spokesperson Philippe Nzobonariba said in the statement.

He said HRW's reasons for "constantly attacking" institutions such as the army, the police and the judiciary are that the rights group "helps and collaborates with the opposition".

Bujumbura expelled Neela Ghoshal, the HRW representative, in early June after she wrote a report implicating the ruling party in various violent incidents that had taken place in the run-up to the country's electoral marathon that started in May.