UN backs tougher African Union stance on Burundi

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The UN Security Council on Wednesday backed an African Union decision to investigate human rights abuses in Burundi, and said it too was ready to take action over the continuing violence.

The 15-member council said in a unanimous statement that it was deeply concerned by the continued rise in violence in Burundi following the re-election of leader Pierre Nkurunziza.

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Burundi has been sliding towards chaos since Nkurunziza announced in April that he would run for a third term, a move branded as unconstitutional by the opposition.

At least 200 people have been killed in the violence and 200 000 have fled the country, raising fears of a return to all-out war.

 The African Union this month launched an investigation into rights violations, and called for travel bans and asset freezes on individuals found to be fuelling the violence.

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