Amnesty International on Friday warned that political campaigning ahead of Burundi’s anticipated presidential polls slated for May 20 was taking place in an “extremely tense” political environment.

In a press release, Amnesty International cited “continued intimidation” by the ruling party’s youth wing, known as Imbonerakure, as campaigning continued in the backdrop of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

“Fleeing refugees consistently told us they had been harassed by the Imbonerakure youth because of their real or perceived opposition; they were under intense surveillance and were threatened when they did not attend meetings organized by the ruling party,” Deprose Muchena, Amnesty International’s

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