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Position of Burundian Civil Society Organisations regarding the Electoral Forcing on June 29, 2015.

Given  the electoral forcing  organized by President Nkurunziza on 29 June 2015, civil society organizations involved in the campaign "Stop  the third term" of President Pierre Nkurunziza inform the national and international community that:

  1. Civil society organizations condemn the electoral forcing made by President Nkurunziza  in as much as it is a dead-end path taken in total disregard of the Arusha Agreement, the Constitution and the relevant decisions taken by the East African Community and the African Union ;
  2. The Burundian civil society deeply regret that the  elections were  held in camera, without independent observers, after intentional destruction and abusive ban on independent media; which made it inevitable massive frauds;
  3. The Burundian civil society bitterly notes that the elections held on the 29 June 2015 constitute the very implementation of the President Nkurunziza Constitutional coup and the burial of all the achievements of the young Burundian democracy;
  4. Civil society  Organizations are   deeply concerned by the threats against opponents to  the third term for President Nkurunziza and denounces a plan of  extermination of  the inhabitants and the destruction of neighbourhoods actively involved  in the demonstrations and condemn the  summary executions of opponents to the  third term  by state agents;5
  5. Civil society Organizations strongly condemn the police attack on 1 July 2015 in Mutakura which has made a dozen of deaths. She is outraged by reports that the attack was led by General Adolphe Nshimirimana, who is merely an official in charge of missions at the Presidency of the Republic and does not fall within any chain of command of the security forces;
  6. The Burundian Civil Society congratulates the majority of Burundians whose maturity has proven that they understood that an election which is held without fair competition, under the influence of violence and intimidation, is the crackdown of democracy. They therefore opted to boycott the elections which is, at the end of the day, a failed appointment in the history of Burundi;
  7. The Burundian civil society declares that it will not recognize the results or institutions that would be derived from a truncated election in many respects; she strongly believes that Nkurunziza and his accomplices  will be held accountable for their acts before the  people of Burundi and the future;
  8. Civil society Organizations are committed to dialogue, provided  that any solution leading to the third term of President Pierre Nkurunziza be excluded  and calls all the living forces of the nation to come together now to find a democratic alternative to the current crisis;
  9. The Burundian civil society finally calls on the international community to consider, under the responsibility to protect, to send rapid intervention in Burundi to protect people threatened by President Nkurunziza who literally became the leader of the militia Imbonerakure , to disarm the militia, arrest the leaders of the militia and prevent the commission of international crimes.

Done at Bujumbura, July 2, 2015 On behalf of the Campaign “Halte au troisième mandat” Se Me Vital NSHIMIRIMANA Délégué Général de  FORSC    


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