Protestors raise their hands in front of police in the Musaga neighbourhood of Bujumbura, Burundi, on May 4, 2015. (Photo/Phil Moore/IRIN)

In Burundi Nkurunziza Now Fully In Control. Risk Of Genocide Against Tutsi Becomes Ever More Real, Says Report

A POWERFUL and disturbing new report on Burundi by the International Federation of Human Rights concludes that the risk of genocide against the minority Tutsi, who are identified with the opposition, is real.

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It examines the dynamics in depth, exploring the shift from open conflict to repression, to more covert abuse, all under the control of President Pierre Nkurunziza and a hardcore clique within his CNDD-FDD party.

It notes: “if the original project of President Nkurunziza and the Burundi ruling circles was the preservation of power, it is clear that they have undertaken all means at their disposal to achieve this.

“Thus, all the criteria and conditions for the perpetrating of genocide are in place: ideology, intent, security institutions… If the Tutsi are not the only ones targeted by the regime, ethnicity is sufficiently being instrumentalised for the current situation in Burundi to be called a repression with genocidal dynamics.”

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