Enhanced United Nations engagement in Burundi
1 April 2016, the Security Council of the United Nations requested Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to explore with the Governmentof Burundi and regional actors options for a police deployment “to increase UN capacity to monitor the security situation, advance the rule of law and promote respect for human rights” in Burundi.
The Council reiterated “its deep concern about the persistence of violence in Burundi, as well as the persisting political impasse in the country,” and requested Mr. Ban, in consultation with the Burundi Government and in coordination with the African Union (AU), to present within 15 days options for deploying a UN police component.
Burundi was thrown into crisis April 2015 when President Nkurunziza decided to run for a controversial third term that he went on to win in July. To date, it has been reported that more than 400 people have been killed, more than 250,000 have fled the country, and thousands more have been arrested and possibly subjected to human rights violations. Please pray for a just peace in Burundi.
Population: 10.8 million
Life expectancy: 59 years
Access to clean water: urban: 83% of population
Adult literacy: 67.2%
GDP per head: $600 (2012 est.)
HIV/AIDS rates: 3.3% (2009 est.)
Infant mortality: 58.86 deaths/1,000 live births
Religions: Christian 82.8% (Roman Catholic 61.4%, Protestant 21.4%), Muslim 2.5%, Adventist 2.3%, other 6.5%,