The verdict was a hopeful milestone in a country where violence connected to the government often goes unpunished, human rights groups said, and could be a sign that such impunity will be less pervasive under new President Evariste Ndayishimiye.

Three months after Evariste Ndayishimiye was sworn-in as Burundi’s new president, there is no sign of decline in human rights violations in the volatile East African country, UN experts said on Thursday.

When Ndayishimiye took up his post in June, he promised political reconciliation and justice to the country that has experienced a deep crisis since 2015.

“But so far we see little positive changes since President Ndayishimiye assumed office,” Doudou Diene, who chairs the UN Commission of Inquiry on Burundi, said in a statement.

In a report to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, the commission documented various grave and systematic violations committed in the lead-up to the elections in May to stifle the opposition and silence Civil Societies.

These crimes included summary executions, arbitrary detentions, torture and sexual violence.


Since the election, rights violators who were placed under international sanctions have been appointed to senior positions in the Ndayishimiye administration, while other perpetrators have been promoted within the military, according to the report.

Killings and arbitrary detentions have continued, and no efforts have been made to rein in the Imbonerakure youth league that is acting as a security force for the dominant CNDD-FDD party, commission member Francoise Hampson said in an online news conference.

Civil unrest broke out in Burundi in 2015 after former President Pierre Nkurunziza announced his decision to seek a third term in office, in spite a two-term limit.

His subsequent election victory unleashed a crisis that led to hundreds of people being killed and hundreds of thousands fleeing.

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