UN of­fice kicked out of ‘slaugh­ter­house’

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THE UN hu­man rights of­fice said yes­ter­day that Bu­rundi’s gov­ern­ment had asked it to leave, months after the out­go­ing UN rights chief, Zeid Ra’ad al-Hus­sein, called the coun­try one of the “most pro­lific slaugh­ter­houses of hu­mans in re­cent times”.

Sources within the UN of­fice in Bu­rundi said they were given two months to leave. The East African na­tion’s gov­ern­ment has been an­gered by UN re­ports de­scrib­ing al­leged abuses amid the po­lit­i­cal turmoil since Pres­i­dent Pierre Nku­run­z­iza de­cided to run for an­other term in 2015.

Bu­rundi sus­pended its co-op­er­a­tion with the UN rights of­fice in 2016, ac­cus­ing it of “com­plic­ity with coup plot­ters and Bu­rundi’s en­e­mies”. Yes­ter­day, For­eign Min­is­ter Ezechiel Nibi­gira said: “We will com­mu­ni­cate with you when we are well pre­pared.”

Amnesty In­ter­na­tional called the news “deeply dis­ap­point­ing”.

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