Justice for FNL atrocities
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Q: Isn't it wrong to focus so much attention on the FNL when so little attention has been given to the abuses committed in Burundi by other groups?
A: No. CPAR acknowledges that many groups in Burundi have committed terrible atrocities. Such crimes as the 1997 Buta massacre by CNDD-FDD (40 dead) and the 2002 Itaba massacre (173 dead) by the former Forces Armées Burundaises must be investigated with equal vigour. But these atrocities do not negate or excuse FNL crimes, and while it is wrong that CNDD-FDD and ex-FAB attacks have been given so little attention by the Burundian government and the ever-reticent United Nations, that is not a reason for us to remain silent. CPAR expresses solidarity with all those who have lost loved ones in Burundi's conflict. But we would urge the victims of CNDD-FDD and the ex-FAB not to attack those who condemn abuses by the FNL, but rather to use their energy to redress the balance by speaking out about CNDD-FDD and ex-FAB crimes themselves. We are always happy to host comments on this website about other issues relating to Burundi, including the vital matter of justice for all atrocities.
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