Burundi rights abuses must be probed

Burundi's security forces are "recognized worldwide for their professionalism" and capable of handling the situation, it said. Frequent arbitrary arrests and enforced disappearances, as well as what appears to be a systematic practice of extortion by the security forces and Imbonerakure - an armed youth group aligned to the ruling political party - have also contributed to the rapid deterioration of the human rights situation in the country.

"The government must take urgent action to end the increasing bloodshed and protect the rights of all Burundians".

Amnesty International called Tuesday for investigations as Burundi's top security body rejected the African Union's plan to deploy peacekeepers to the central African nation to prevent the violence from escalating.

The incident was reported to be in response to armed attacks on three military facilities in the Bujumbura area.

The deputy spokesperson at the Burundian presidency Jean-Claude Karerwa said the Sudanese official promised to support his government against any attempt to impose any decision that could "disrupt peace and security" in Burundi because, he said, "sending troops in a country itself troop contributor is paradoxical". Burundi has been hit by deadly unrest since April when Nkurunziza ran and won re-election to a third term in office.

Kagame rejected the "childish allegation" that Rwanda had stoked instability in Burundi and said his country's troops would play no part in any intervention.

18 approved the deployment of as many as 5,000 peacekeepers to Burundi, where violence spurred by President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term has left more than 400 people dead since April. Dubbed "MAPROBU", which is the French acronym for the Prevention and Protection Mission in Burundi, it would have a renewable mandate of six months.

In a statement quoting Foreign Affairs, Regional East African and International Cooperation Minister Dr Augustine Mahiga said Burundi had accepted ongoing dialogue led by the Ugandan President Yoweri Mseveni over the crisis.

It is not known whether the Nkurunziza government will participate.

The United Nations Security Council, in a statement Saturday, expressed "deep concern about the escalation of violence in Burundi", condemning both the attack on the military installations and the retaliatory rampage in Bujumbura.

Those talks will also involve the key opposition coalition, Cnared, a grouping that presents itself as upholding the Arusha peace agreement that ended more than a decade of civil war in 2006, and which they say Nkurunziza has undermined, their spokesman Jeremie Minani said.

At least 87 people were killed, including eight security force members. Hundreds of people have died in the past few months and at least, 200,000 have been forced to feel the country into neighboring countries after clashes between the government and anti-Nkurunziza forces.

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