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Is there a threat of genocide in Burundi?

Human rights investigators accuse Africa country’s government of crimes against humanity.

The International Federation For Human Rights says people in Burundi are under attack – and history is in danger of being repeated with another genocide in the region.

After a two-year investigation, the rights group has issued a report accusing government leaders of attacking anyone who opposes them.

The government rejects the report and accuses the opposition of manipulating the human-rights investigation to force regime change.

Burundi has been in turmoil since President Pierre Nkurunziza announced plans in April 2015 to run for a third term in office.

Is there a risk of Burundi spiralling into a new civil war?

Presenter: Folly Bah Thibault


Willy Nyamitwe – Senior adviser to President Nkurunziza

Florent Geel – Report author, International Federation of Human Rights

Carine Kaneza – Women And Girls’ Movement for Peace and Security, Burundi