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Prosecution of Former MP Casts Doubt on Reform in Burundi

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Hopes that a new president may reverse a repressive course in Burundi seem increasingly misplaced.  Click to expand Image Fabien Banciryanino. © Private The Burundian judicial authorities’ decision to prosecute a former independent member of parliament – who is known for being an outspoken defender of human rights  – is the latest in a series of worrying signs. Fabien Banciryanino, who represented Bubanza province before this year’s elections, is facing charges of threatening state security, slander, and rebellion. On October 2, a local administrative official and a dozen policemen…

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