UN voices worry over Burundi killings

2011-05-21 10:04

Bujumbura - A UN human rights expert on Friday voiced concern over rising cases of extrajudicial killing in Burundi this year and the slow pace of investigating the crime.

Fatsah Ouguergouz told reporters after meeting with the country's Attorney General Valentin Bagorikunda that nine cases of extrajudicial killings were recorded in February and March and could be blamed on the army and the police.

"I expressed my concern to him over the rise in extrajudicial killings since the beginning of the year and I asked him to shed light on these cases as soon as possible," said Ouguergouz.

The attorney general in November set up a commission to probe nine other executions last year but it begun work only in April.

Ouguergouz also said the slow pace of the judiciary, lack of independence by the courts and the poor state of prisons and detention facilities was worrying.

During a visit to the war-scarred central African state last year, the UN expert also expressed worry over allegations of human rights violations.

Many opposition figures have fled the country since the re-election of President Pierre Nkurunziza last year and opposition groups have complained about the arrest and killing of their members.

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