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Rwandan refugees declared illegal immigrants by Burundi; UN concerned

[JURIST] Some 8,000 refugees from Rwanda face deportation Tuesday after neighboring Burundi declared them illegal immigrants over the weekend. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees [official site] has urged Burundi to reconsider and warned it might be violating international law if the refugees are involuntarily returned [Reuters report]. Burundi has been fighting since late April to return the refugees [JURIST report]. Mostly Hutus, they fled to Burundi in fear of retribution [AFP report] from the Tutsis, who suffered almost 800,000 deaths in the Rwandan genocide 1994. BBC News has more.

12:17 PM ET - More than 3,700 asylum seekers have left a transit center [UNHCR press release] in Burundi against UNHCR wishes and it is unsure whether they left voluntarily. UNHCR has more.

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