UN investigators say there is strong evidence that crimes against humanity have been committed in Burundi.
Their report details killings, torture and rape, which they say have been committed largely by government forces – but also by opposition groups.
Burundi’s ambassador to the UN said the report was part of an “international conspiracy” against the country.
Violence erupted in the country in 2015 after President Pierre Nkurunziza decided to run for a third term.
Since then, more than 400,000 people have been forced from their homes.
Mr Nkurunziza was re-elected in July 2015 in a poll that was boycotted by the opposition.
Francoise Hampson, one of the three investigators from the UN Commission of Inquiry on Burundi, told the BBC on Monday that some of the alleged abuses included “arbitrary detention and arbitrary arrest, unlawful killings of various types, torture, cruel, inhuman, degrading treatment, rape and cases of sexual violence”.
Commission head Fatsah Ouguergouz said the …
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