civil society concerned about risk of violence

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In Burundi, on the eve of tomorrow’s triple ballot, including a presidential election in the absence of outgoing President Pierre Nkurunziza, civil society in exile is sounding the alarm. She said she feared that the country would again be the scene of post-election violence as in 2010 and 2015 and called for the responsibility of the police and the justice system.

In the country, tension continued to mount between the country’s two main political forces, the ruling CNDD-FDD and its candidate General Évariste Ndayishimiye, and the main opposition party, the CNL represented by Agathon Rwasa .

We wanted to bring to the attention of national and international opinion the remarkable absence of the conditions essential for the holding of credible and peaceful elections. We fear post-election violence as in 2010 and after the 2015 elections where opponents were killed and suffered disappearances of torture. We appeal to the defense and security forces, to the judiciary, to be neutral and impartial in the management of the current process, in particular by ensuring the protection of citizens without any discrimination and by avoiding that the elections in progress are not a cause of intensification of the persecution as was the case in 2010 and 2015.

Me Armel Niyongere spoke on behalf of the dozen organizations that signed this declaration

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