The Imbonerakure (the Kirundi word for “those that see far”) is the youth wing of the Burundi ruling party, the National Council for the Defence of Democracy-Forces for Defence and Democracy (Conseil national pour la défense de la démocratie-Forces de défense et de la démocratie - CNDD-FDD). Imbonerakure members are accused of beatings and injuries, extrajudicial killings, banditry as well as political killings.Association with the Burundi GovernmentThe Imbonerakure is also suspected of collaboration with the Burundian authorities in harassing and attacking members of opposition political parties as well as opponents. Such collusion is allegedly achieved by means of integration into administrative activities at the ground level of the national intelligence service (Service National De Renseignement - SNR) as well as cooperation with the Burundi police and the National Defence Force. A spokesperson for the Burundi police, denied the allegations of complicity between police…
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