Burundi becoming a 'violent dictatorship', report says
Tuesday July 4 2017
Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza (second from left) arrives for a celebration of the country's 53rd independence anniversary at Prince Louis Rwagasore Stadium in Bujumbura on July 1, 2015. PHOTO | MARCO LONGARI | AFP
A "purge" of ethnic Tutsis from the army, a crackdown on opposition and media and a bid to change the Constitution to allow unlimited presidential terms are signs of an "increasingly violent dictatorial regime", rights groups say.
In their report the International Federation for Human Rights (known by its French acronym, FIDH) and partner groups describe how the ruling party has tightened its stranglehold during the two-year conflict.
It warns that without international intervention Nkurunziza could succeed in reversing history and establishing a Hutu-controlled regime based on a mono-ethnical army under the control of the authorities.