Burundi

Peoples Under Threat Ranking:
#16
6

Communities at risk

Hutu, Tutsi, Batwa

Summary

In Burundi, President Nkurunziza’s bid for  an unconstitutional third term of office sparked widespread protests from 2015. Hundreds of people were killed in a violent clampdown, and mass grave sites have been discovered. The President’s response to criticism has been to take significant steps towards withdrawing from the international community. The UN commission of inquiry has been denied entry, as have officials from… Read more »

Peoples Under Threat Data

2017 Data Peoples under Threat value
Self-determination conflictsNo data
Major armed conflict1
Prior genocide / politicide1
Flight of refugees and IDPs0.051
Legacy of vengeance - group grievance8.1
Rise of factionalized elites8.5
Voice and Accountability-1.272
Political Stability-1.731
Rule of Law-1.121
OECD country risk classification7
TOTAL15.026

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

In Burundi, President Nkurunziza’s bid for  an unconstitutional third term of office sparked widespread protests from 2015. Hundreds of people were killed in a violent clampdown, and mass grave sites have been discovered. The President’s response to criticism has been to take significant steps towards withdrawing from the international community. The UN commission of inquiry has been denied entry, as have officials from both the UN and African Union (AU) missions. In October, Nkurunziza signed a decree announcing Burundi’s intention to withdraw from the International Criminal Court. The return of the rhetoric of Hutu-Tutsi division into public discourse has been accompanied by violent attacks perpetrated by the Imbonerakure, the ruling party’s youth league. Burundi is in the grip of ‘genocidal dynamics’, concluded a November report by the Burundian Human Rights League (ITEKA) and the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH).