UN council sets stage for deployment of UN police to Burundi

The U.N. Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution setting the stage for deployment of U.N. police to Burundi, where killings, torture and disappearances have created a climate of fear and led more than 250,000 people to flee to neighboring countries.

The resolution approved Friday night asks Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to present options within 15 days for deployment of U.N. police in order to increase monitoring of the security situation, promote respect for human rights and advance the rule of law.

Burundi has been hit by unrest since April 2015, when President Pierre Nkurunziza announced his decision to seek a third term, which he eventually won.

The council strongly condemned human rights violations including extra-judicial killings, arbitrary arrests, intimidation of civil society organizations and journalists, and restrictions on fundamental freedoms.