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Tanzania: Maintain protection space for Burundian refugees

, Index number: AFR 56/1007/2019

Following the announcement by the governments of Tanzania and Burundi of a plan to step up repatriation of Burundian citizens to 2,000 people a week, Amnesty International called on all parties involved to ensure that any returns are genuinely voluntary and conducted in safety and with dignity. With serious human rights violations and acts of repression continuing in Burundi against perceived government opponents since the last elections and in the run-up to the 2020 elections, it is essential that asylum space remains open to Burundians who continue to leave the country, as well as those who fled previously.

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