14 May 2015: As the situation in Burundi deteriorates, local peacebuilders are calling for peace. You can help spread their message.


Peace Direct's partner in Burundi has been sharing regular updates of the unfolding situation following yesterday's coup attempt. In this developing situation they are pushing a message of peace to encourage all encourage all parties to refrain from violence and find a peaceful resolution to the unrest.

INAMA are working tirelessly to spread this message throughout Burundi. You can help take this message international and show that there are local voices speaking out against the violence. Please share as widely as you can using the hashtag: #paixauburundi

INAMA's message of peace follows in both English and French:

A call for peace

To the citizens of Burundi:

  • Abstain from alarmist rumours and divisive information, and denounce any call to hatred or violence, while awaiting the restoration of order and of credible channels of information.
  • Refrain from any act that could lead to an escalation of violence, under penalty of being held criminally responsible, remembering that criminal responsibility is always personal
  • Respect diversity and each other’s political and ethnic backgrounds
  • Together look after security, unity, social cohesion and peace
  • Safeguard everything that peace has brought and stand united as communities with a shared future together

To the protagonists:

  • Respect the fundamental texts that permitted the restoration of peace and harmony among the people of Burundi
  • Consider reorganising the electoral process and calendar, to allow free and peaceful elections where all parties have the right to campaign without hindrance
  • Refrain from any act that could lead to an escalation of violence, under penalty of being held criminally responsible
  • Respect diversity and each other’s political and ethnic backgrounds
  • Show tolerance, moderation and restraint in words and actions

Un appel à la paix

Aux protagonistes

  • Respecter la diversité et d'appartenance politique et ethnique des uns et des autres,
  • Faire preuve de tolérance, de modération et de retenue dans les propos et dans les actes,
  • S'abstenir de tout acte qui pourrait conduire à une escalade de la violence sous peine d'en être tenus pénalement responsables,
  • Respecter les textes fondamentaux du pays qui ont permis la restauration de la paix et de la unite entre Burundais,
  • Considérer la réorganisation du processus et calendrier électoraux afin de permettre la tenue des élections libres et apaisées où tous les partis ont le droit de faire campagne sans entraves.

Aux Citoyens Burundais

  • En attendant la restauration de l'ordre et des canaux officiels et crédibles d'informations, s'abstenir des rumeurs alarmistes et des informations divisionnistes et dénoncer tout appel à la haine ou à la violence,
  • Respecter la diversité d'opinion et d'appartenance politique des uns et des autres,
  • S'abstenir de tout acte qui pourrait conduire la violence sous peine d'en être tenus pénalement responsables et se rappeler que la responsabilité pénale est toujours personnelle,
  • Collectivement veiller à la paix, à la sécurité, à l’unité et la cohésion sociale,
  • Sauvegarder les acquis de la paix et rester soudés en tant que communautés ayant un avenir commun en partage.


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