Increased persecution against former members of CNDD-FDD party in Burundi.

The political crisis in Burundi is entering into another phase, without a clear resolution or trajectory in sight. Burundi remains unstable, with dead bodies often showing signs of torture still being discovered throughout various provinces, high-profile assassinations on the rise, and targeting of former CNDD-FDD party members. Violence against perceived opposition supporters continues. In Kirundo, even livestock and crops of opposition supporters are under threat.

CNL activists who are former members of the ruling party are said to be the most targeted by attacks and various people confirm that’’ leaving the ruling party is considered a serious crime”.

On the International scene, Burundi is currently under a watch status and the rest of the International community is requesting Burundi to end its repressive actions.

Last month, President Trump extended state of national emergency against Burundi.

 The White House statement said the situation in Burundi was a threat to peace in the region and to US security: “The situation in Burundi, which has been marked by killing and other violence against civilians, unrest, the incitement of violence, and significant political repression, and which threatens the peace, security, and stability of Burundi and the region, continues to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States.”

Towards Christmas day, three dead bodies were found last weekend in Gasenyi/Buganda, Cibitoke province. They were hastily buried without any firm of identification or investigation.

Apart from killings, Corruption and embezzlement are extremely high in Burundi due to bad governance.

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