Stressing the severity of the situation in Burundi, High Commissioner Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein spoke less than a week after armed men waged early morning attacks on multiple military bases in and outside of the capital of Bujumbura.
A day after armed men waged a series of attacks on military bases in Burundi, the army said least 90 people were killed in Bujumbura.
Gunmen carried out attacks on military bases throughout Burundi and gunfire could still be heard in the capital as night fell. The clashes follow a week of violent incidents that have become almost routine in the country.
After months of political unrest, President Barack Obama declared a state of emergency and imposed sanctions on several top officials from both sides of the crisis Burundi.
Just days after the high profile killing of the son of a prominent Burundian human rights activist, Rawanda's President Paul Kagame urged Burundi to avoid reverting to the ethnic violence that engulfed both countries in the 1990s.
Pierre Nkurnziza said civilians will be arrested and charged under the country’s anti-terrorism law if they don’t hand over their weapons by Saturday.
Tensions have been high in Bujumbura since President Pierre Nkurunziza's disputed reelection in July, with frequent clashes between security forces and residents in anti-Nkurunziza strongholds.
With the second-largest refugee camp in Africa at a breaking point, the UNHCR has worked with the Tanzanian government to reopen three camps to accommodate a recent surge in refugees.
Security forces apprehended the men out of concern the youths were planning to join a rebel movement — indicating mounting internal fears of possible insurrection and opposition threats.
A string of high-profile homicides has followed the months of unrest that led up to President Pierre Nkurunziza winning a controversial third term in office.
VICE News correspondent Danny Gold joined On The Line to discuss Burundi’s controversial presidential election.