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Monday, November 22, 2010

Death penalty abolished in Burundi

On November 22, 2008, the parliament of Burundi voted in favor of laws abolishing the death penalty in the country. The elimination of the death penalty in Burundi was a requirement for establishing a UN-led truth and reconciliation committee in the country. The commission came as part of Burundi's recovery from a 12-year civil war between the Hutu majority and the dominant Tutsi minority which began in 1993 and claimed more than 300,000 lives.


Burundi coat of arms

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