The top of a Burundian militia accused of atrocities has been named to guide the state broadcaster, RTNB, sparking condemnation by human rights teams.
Human Rights Watch stated the appointment of Eric Nshimirimana was “a blow to all victims of abuse perpetrated by the Imbonerakure, in addition to freedom of the press in Burundi”.
The Imbonerakure has allegedly killed, raped and robbed opposition activists.
The federal government of Burundi has denied allegations of human rights abuse.
The Imbonerakure, the youth wing of the ruling CNDD-FDD social gathering, was accused of widespread abuses after violence erupted when President Pierre Nkurunziza controversially sought, and received, a 3rd time period in 2015.
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Mr Nkurunziza survived a coup try and mass protests, whereas tens of 1000’s of Burundians fled the violence.
Lewis Mudge, Central Africa director of Human Rights Watch, instructed the BBC that “these abuses, together with killings, arrests, intimidation and extortion, proceed as we speak”.
“Nshimirimana needs to be held accountable for what occurred below his watch, as an alternative of rewarded with the management of one of many nation’s final remaining media retailers,” Mr Mudge stated.
The UN has called the Imbonerakure a militia, an outline condemned as an insult by the group.
Burundi’s authorities has denied allegations that the Imbonerakure was concerned in abuses, specifically the gang-rape of feminine relations of opposition activists.
“Imbonerakure just isn’t a gang of rapists,” stated presidential spokesman Willy Nyamitwe.
New elections are scheduled for subsequent 12 months and though constitutional adjustments handed in 2018 imply he’s allowed to face as soon as extra, Mr Nkurunziza has stated he will not search re-election.