UN says Burundi election was not free

Burundi's parliamentary election was not free, fair, transparent or credible and fundamental freedoms were committed, the United Nations said on Thursday.

UN says Burundi election was not free

World Bulletin / News Desk 

Burundi's parliamentary elections on Monday were not fair or free and human rights were violated, the United Nations said on Thursday.

The opposition boycotted the parliamentary election on Monday. A presidential vote is scheduled for July 15 and the UN and others have called for it to be postponed. Opponents say the president's attempt to stand again violates the constitution.

U.N. spokesman Farhan Haq said the preliminary conclusion of the U.N. electoral observer mission in Burundi was that "the overall environment was not conducive for free, credible and inclusive elections."

"Episodes of violence and explosions preceded and in some cases accompanied election day activities," Haq said. "The U.N. mission ... observed media freedom restrictions, violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms."

"This includes infringements to the right of the political opposition to campaign freely, extra-judicial killings, arbitrary detentions, and acts of violence committed by armed youth groups aligned with political parties," he said.

U.S. State Department spokesman John Kirby said the United States urged Nkurunziza "to place the welfare of Burundi's citizens above his own political ambitions and participate in dialogue with the opposition and civil society to identify a peaceful solution to this deepening crisis."

"In response to the abuses committed by members of the police during political protests, we are suspending all International Law Enforcement Academy and Anti-Terrorism Assistance training that we provide to Burundian law enforcement agencies," Kirby said in a statement.

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