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.



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • Judge withdraws from sex assault case after saying teen 'had a pretty face'

    Canada News CTV News
    MONTREAL - A Quebec judge has withdrawn from a case in which he said a 17-year-old victim of sexual assault was a little overweight, had a pretty face and was maybe a "bit flattered" at the interest shown in her. Source
  • Polish prosecutors to probe far-right march for hate speech

    World News CTV News
    WARSAW, Poland -- Warsaw prosecutors say they have opened an investigation into expressions of xenophobia and racism voiced during a march by far-right nationalists earlier this month. The march was organized by far-right groups on Nov. Source
  • 1st-round leader Sebastian Pinera no sure thing for Chilean runoff election

    World News CBC News
    A strong performance by Chile's left-wing parties in Sunday's election left conservative presidential front-runner Sebastian Pinera facing a tight battle to win a December runoff and likely opposition to tax breaks in Congress if elected. Pinera came first with more than 36 per cent of the vote, but his two main leftist rivals made a stronger-than-expected showing, garnering a combined 43 per cent between them. Source
  • Cops nab alleged impaired driver in P.E.I. McDonald's drive-thru

    Canada News CTV News
    STRATFORD, P.E.I. - An alleged drunk driver who jumped the line in a McDonald's drive-thru proved easy to catch: He was still waiting for his food when police arrived. RCMP in Stratford, P.E.I., say the man went to the restaurant at about 10 a.m. Source
  • Piikani Chief challenges Stoney Nakoda bid to change Alberta place names

    Canada News CTV News
    CALGARY -- A bid by a group of First Nations to have well-known places across southern Alberta, including Calgary, renamed in their language is being challenged by the chief of another Indigenous community. The Stoney Nakoda have applied to the Alberta government to change the names of Calgary and dozens other sites that they consider to be part of their territory. Source
  • Joshua Boyle's wife says captivity 'intolerable' for her children

    World News CTV News
    OTTAWA -- An American woman who endured five years of captivity in Afghanistan said she and her Canadian husband resisted their captors and did the best they could to raise young children in brutal conditions, using bottle caps and cardboard as toys and teaching their eldest son geography and astronomy. Source
  • Mother of slain kids lives in fear, won't know if killer allowed into community

    Canada News CTV News
    COQUITLAM, B.C. - The mother of three children killed by their father says she lives in constant worry for her safety following a board's decision over escorted outings for Allan Schoenborn. Darcie Clarke says in a statement she is disappointed in last week's ruling from the BC Review Board to leave it up to a psychiatric hospital to decide if Schoenborn should be granted the outings into the community. Source
  • Accused in Montreal terror trial won't present a defence

    Canada News CTV News
    MONTREAL -- Lawyers for two young Montrealers have told a jury they won't present a defence at their trial on terror-related charges. Jurors hearing the case of Sabrine Djermane and El Mahdi Jamali were informed of the decision this afternoon. Source
  • Germany faces uncertainty after coalition talks break down

    World News CTV News
    BERLIN -- Germany, Europe's largest economy and anchor of stability, is facing the prospect of months of political uncertainty after Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives were unable to form a coalition with two smaller parties, raising the likelihood of new elections. Source
  • EU agencies housed in Britain plan to move to Netherlands, France

    World News CBC News
    Amsterdam and Paris won the right to host the two EU agencies that must leave London after Brexit in a dramatic ministerial meeting in Brussels that ended in tie votes and the drawing of lots. The European Medicines Authority (EMA), a key player in the continent's healthcare industry, will go to Amsterdam, which topped the favourite Milan. Source