UNSC adopts resolution on Burundi violence

Body ramps up international pressure against Burundian parties to halt escalating violence

UNSC adopts resolution on Burundi violence

World Bulletin / News Desk

The UN Security Council adopted a resolution Thursday boosting international pressure on Burundian stakeholders to halt ongoing violence.

The unanimously adopted resolution drafted by France urges Burundi's government and all sides to "reject any kind of violence" and demands all parties "refrain from any action that would threaten peace and stability in the country".

It threatens unspecified "additional measures" against "all Burundian actors whose actions and statements contribute to the perpetuation of violence and impede the search for a peaceful solution". 

The resolution, which comes as the UN and the African Union negotiate whether to deploy peacekeepers to help in the conflict, condemns extra-judicial killings, torture, arbitrary arrests and other human rights violations that plague the African country.

"We need to act and face our responsibilities as the Security Council. That's why our resolution provides a hook for additional measures in the future to be adopted by the council against Burundians who stoke violence," said France's UN Ambassador Francois Delattre.

At least 240 victims have been killed in Burundi since protests began in April when President Pierre Nkurunziza -- in power since 2005 -- decided to stand for a third term.

Adama Dieng, UN Special Adviser for the Prevention of Genocide, told the Security Council on Monday that the country appeared to be on the brink of "a descent into violence that could escalate into atrocity crimes".

Thursday's resolution also asks UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to deploy a team to Burundi "to assess the situation and to develop options to address political and security concerns".

It asks Ban to update the Security Council within 15 days, "including by presenting options on the future presence of the United Nations in Burundi".

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