UN calls on Burundi to accept Rwandan refugees

UN calls on Burundi to accept Rwandan refugees

[JURIST] The UN High Commissioner for Refugees [official website] has called on the government of Burundi to recognize more than 3,000 Rwandan refugees [JURIST report] as asylum seekers, allowing them to stay in the country. Since March, nearly 8,000 Rwandans, primarily Hutus, have fled their homes in fear of prosecution by grassroots gacaca courts [official website; Wikipedia backgrounder] which are trying suspects for their roles in Rwanda's 1994 genocide [JURIST news archive; BBC backgrounder]. The UNHCR's spokesperson in Burundi, Catherine-Lune Grayson, made the appeal before a Monday meeting between Burundi's Interior Minister Savator Ntacobamaze and Rwanda's local administration minister Protais Musoni. Grayson said, "They've been waiting months in precarious conditions … a positive decision needs to be taken quickly." AFP has more.