Burundi top brass instigating crimes against humanity: UN

Burundi top brass instigating crimes against humanity: UN

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Geneva, Sep 5: The crime rate had seen a steep rise in the last two years in Burundi, majorly due to the utterings by 'the authorities, including the Head of State and members of (the ruling party) CNDD-FDD,' a UN human rights report said on Wednesday.

Burundi has tried and failed to stop the UN Commission of Inquiry on Burundi, set up by the UN Human Rights Council in 2016, and refuses to cooperate with it.The commission said last year that officials at the highest level were responsible for crimes against humanity.

"The Commission has reasonable grounds to believe that crimes against humanity continue to be committed in Burundi," the Commission's latest report said.

"These crimes include murder, imprisonment or other severe deprivation of physical liberty, torture, rape and other forms of sexual violence of comparable gravity, and persecution on political grounds.(UNI)