Five possible mass graves found in Burundi: Amnesty

KAMPALA, Uganda - New satellite images, video footage and witness accounts show that dozens of people killed by Burundian security forces in December were later buried in mass graves, Amnesty International said Friday.

See Full Article

The rights group reported there are five possible mass graves in the Buringa area, on the outskirts of the Burundian capital, Bujumbura.

"The imagery, dating from late December and early January, shows disturbed earth consistent with witness accounts. Witnesses told Amnesty International that the graves were dug on the afternoon of Dec. 11, in the immediate aftermath of the bloodiest day of Burundi's escalating crisis," the group said in a statement.

Witnesses described how police and local officials scoured Nyakabiga and other neighbourhoods in Bujumbura to retrieve the bodies of those who were killed and took them to undisclosed locations, according to Amnesty.

Earlier this month, UN human rights chief Zeid Raad al-Hussein also called for an urgent investigation into the alleged existence of mass graves following the violence in December.

Zeid cited "large-scale human rights violations," saying the "increasing number of enforced disappearances, coupled with allegations of secret detention facilities and mass graves is extremely alarming."

Burundi's government dismissed those allegations, saying they were based on false information supplied by the regime's opponents who fled into exile.

Government spokesman Philippe Nzobonariba said the UN is free to go to Burundi and investigate the allegations, which he said were intended to portray Burundi as being a dangerous country.

In co-ordinated attacks, gunmen stormed three military installations in Burundi on Dec. 11. The next day, 28 people were found shot dead in three Bujumbura neighbourhoods. An eyewitness told the AP some of the dead had their hands tied behind their backs. Another witness blamed government security forces, saying they went after the victims in door-to-door searches.

President Pierre Nkurunziza's decision to seek re-election last April touched off street protests that led to a failed coup in May and a rebellion that has left the country on the brink of civil war. Opponents and supporters of Nkurunziza have been targeting each other in gun, rocket and grenade attacks and the violence has spread to the provinces.


Latest Canada & World News

  • At least 13 killed, dozens injured in California tour bus crash

    World News CBC News
    A tour bus crashed into the back of a semi-truck on a southern California highway before dawn on Sunday, killing 13 people and injuring 31, an NBC affiliate reported.4 dead after steel pole slices through bus in California crashPhotographs from the scene showed the front of the tour bus wedged inside the back of the trailer, with emergency workers using metal ladders to reach the inside of the bus. Source
  • Calgary woman's $2.4M lawsuit alleges tainted wonton soup put her in coma

    Canada News CTV News
    A Calgary woman has launched a $2.4-million lawsuit over a bowl of wonton soup, which she alleges gave her food poisoning and put her into a coma. Nicole Laurin says she became extremely ill after eating a bowl of wonton soup from Saigon Bistro in Calgary, on Oct. Source
  • Where they stand: Clinton, Trump on the issues

    World News CTV News
    WASHINGTON -- A look at where Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump stand on three dozen issues: ABORTION Persistent Republican-led efforts to restrict access to abortion and to curb government funding for Planned Parenthood have been hotly debated in Washington and in states. Source
  • Dog reunited with owner after being taken from outside store

    Canada News CTV News
    A dog that was stolen from outside of a grocery store in Toronto has been reunited with its owner after teens found the dog with a passed-out homeless man. The three-year-old German Shepherd named Charlie was left tied outside of a grocery store on Oct. Source
  • At least 7 dead after tour bus, truck crash in California

    World News CTV News
    DESERT HOT SPRINGS, Calif. -- A tour bus and a semi-truck crashed on a highway in Southern California early Sunday, killing at least seven people, the California Highway Patrol said. CHP Officer Stephanie Hamilton confirmed the fatalities to the Desert Sun newspaper in Palm Springs ( ) as of 7:30 a.m. Source
  • Former Habs coach and Senator Jacques Demers released from hospital

    Canada News CBC News
    Senator and former Montreal Canadiens coach Jacques Demers is back at home after going to hospital Saturday. His Senate office would only confirm that Demers, 72, was at home Sunday, but didn't provide any details about the reason he went to hospital. Source
  • Tiny homes' popularity surging while municipal bylaws lag

    Canada News CBC News
    Tiny Homes are taking off in popularity with people across the country joining the miniature movement but homebuilders in Manitoba say municipal bylaws haven't caught up with the craze. Darrell Manuliak, who owns Mini Homes of Manitoba with his wife Anita Munn, said they have sold five of the tiny dwellings in their first year of business in the province. Source
  • Quebec MP Steven Blaney enters Conservative Party leadership race

    Canada News CBC News
    Conservative MP Steven Blaney is joining the party's leadership race. Blaney made the announcement at an event in his riding near Quebec City today. Blaney, 51, has been an MP since 2006. He held various cabinet portfolios under the former Tory government. Source
  • International Space Station accepts 1st Virginia delivery in 2 years

    World News Toronto Sun
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The International Space Station received its first shipment from Virginia in more than two years Sunday following a sensational nighttime launch observed 250 miles up and down the East Coast. Orbital ATK’s cargo ship pulled up at the space station bearing 5,000 pounds of food, equipment and research. Source
  • Edmonton refugee family suffers carbon monoxide poisoning after furnace breaks

    Canada News CTV News
    An Edmonton refugee family is recovering from carbon monoxide poisoning, the result of a broken furnace and lack of a carbon monoxide detector in the home. The family from Ethiopia says their furnace stopped working on Thursday night and by morning, the family felt sick. Source