Burundi abolishes death penalty, criminalizes homosexuality
Burundi is still recovering from a 12-year civil war [GlobalSecurity backgrounder] between the Hutu majority and the dominant Tutsi minority which began in 1993 and claimed more than 300,000 victims. Current Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza BBC profile], an ex-Hutu rebel leader, born-again Christian, and member of the National Council for the Defense of Democracy-Forces for the Defense of Democracy (NCDD-FDD) [GlobalSecurity backgrounder], was elected in 2005 after the implementation of a UN-created peace plan, but his presidency has been marred by accusations of assassinations and torture [JURIST report]. Last month s Burundi military court Thursday sentenced am intelligence officer to death [JURIST report] for his role in the killings of 31 civilians in the country's Muyinga province in 2006.
Source: Andres Gilmore, www.jurist.law.pitt.edu
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