Burundi

Peoples Under Threat Ranking:
#22
2

Communities at risk

Hutu, Tutsi, Batwa

Summary

The demographic features Burundi shares with Rwanda, and its own terrible history of ethnic mass killing, led international observers to fear the worst last year when violence escalated in the run-up to presidential elections in July. Pierre Nkurunziza was re-elected with a disputed 69 per cent of the vote, but his move to continue in… Read more »

Peoples Under Threat Data

2016 Data Peoples under Threat value
Self-determination conflictsNo data
Major armed conflict1
Prior genocide / politicide1
Flight of refugees and IDPs0.0433
Legacy of vengeance - group grievance8
Rise of factionalized elites7.9
Voice and Accountability-1.019
Political Stability-0.894
Rule of Law-0.934
OECD country risk classification7
TOTAL13.55

The overall measure for each country is based on a basket of 10 indicators. The number in each row is drawn from the source for that particular indicator. The sources of data and calculations used are detailed on the Notes to Table page. 

Background

The demographic features Burundi shares with Rwanda, and its own terrible history of ethnic mass killing, led international observers to fear the worst last year when violence escalated in the run-up to presidential elections in July. Pierre Nkurunziza was re-elected with a disputed 69 per cent of the vote, but his move to continue in power for an unconstitutional third term brought angry protests. The situation is significantly different from Rwanda in 1994, not least because of the absence of a major armed insurgency. But over 250,000 have fled the country, targeted killings have been reported (including by government forces) and Burundi’s nightmare is a return to the horrors of 1972 and 1993.