Burundi and the Right of Intervention by the AU

The piece by Colonel Festus Aboagye (Retired)* attempts to examine different dimensions of the situation in Burundi, the Burundi question, and its implications for operationalising the right of intervention principle in the Constitutive Act of the African Union (AU) in particular, and the integrity of the AU as a whole.

The Burundi question has occupied the peace and security landscape of Africa since April 2015 when its President, Pierre Nkurunziza, announced his intention to stand for a controversial third term in office. The controversy incited the spate of killings—about 400—and population displacement to neighbouring countries—more than 200,000 people, according to media reports.

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