IPU gravely concerned over Burundi crisis

Geneva, 17 December 2015

The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) is gravely concerned about the worsening
violence in Burundi, which has left hundreds of people dead and has forced
hundreds of thousands to flee their homes.

IPU is urging the authorities to do their duty to protect human life and
prevent further bloodshed.

The Organization has made clear its readiness to work with the Parliament of
Burundi to foster inclusive dialogue. It has urged Parliament to ensure it
is part of the solution and not part of the problem. IPU has been
particularly concerned by reports of incitement to violence against the
opposition, especially the bloody confrontation during the weekend of 12-13

IPU Secretary General Martin Chungong said urgent work was needed to heal
BurundiĀ¹s divisions before the situation deteriorated further.

It is not too late to prevent this unfolding tragedy becoming a catastrophe
if all those in positions of leadership and authority commit themselves to a
swift return to peace and security for all citizens, he said. We urge the
Parliament of Burundi and its members to place themselves at the heart of
this process of peacemaking and dialogue, and to lead by example at this
critical point in their country's history.

MPs have a unique position as influencers of opinion and representatives of
all sectors of society, and that influence must be used for peace. The
importance of finding a resolution to this crisis cannot be overstated,
Secretary General Chungong added.