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UN urges due process for Burundi rights activist

May 30, 2014

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations is urging authorities in Burundi to ensure due process in their case against prominent human rights activist Pierre Claver Mbonimpa who is in pre-trial detention for allegations he made on the radio.

U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Friday the U.N. is concerned about Mbonimpa’s case and the East African nation’s restrictions on members of opposition political parties, the media and civil society organizations in the run-up to elections in 2015.

Human Rights Watch said Mbonimpa was charged with inciting public disobedience and endangering state security on May 16 for alleging that young Burundians were being armed, given military uniforms and sent for military training in neighboring Congo. The rights group said the charges don’t amount to “a credible criminal offense and he should be freed immediately.”

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