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BURUNDI: UNICEF calls for protection of children amid protests in the capital

Statement attributable to the UNICEF Regional Director for Eastern & Southern Africa, Leila Gharagozloo-Pakkala

BUJUMBURA, Burundi, 30 April 2015 – "Children are at risk of bearing the brunt of the confrontations in and around Bujumbura, the capital of Burundi.

“Worrying reports of violations of children’s rights have been received since the start of street protests in and around Bujumbura on 26 April, including those of children being caught up in protests, detained and being physically injured, as well as one case of a child being killed.

“Burundian and international laws establish clear respect for children’s rights, and the protection of children from violence.

“Protecting children and upholding their rights is a shared responsibility, including of government and security forces, and children should be kept out of all political movements and actions that put them at risk.

“Children should not be exposed to violence, and should not be separated from their families."



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For more information please contact:

Eliane Luthi, Communications Specialist, UNICEF Burundi, + 257 22 20 20 00 (Main Line); + 257 71 81 93 88 (Mobile); eluthi@unicef.org

James Elder, UNICEF Regional Chief of Communication, Eastern & Southern Africa; Mobile: + 254 71558 1222; jelder@unicef.org, twitter @1james_elder

Melanie Sharpe, UNICEF New York; + 1917 251 7670, msharpe@unicef.org




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