Human rights activists in Burundi have criticized the government for deporting hundreds of foreign nationals rounded up in the suburbs of Bujumbura, but the authorities say the police are only trying to curb crime. "There is no xenophobia in Burundi," Public Security Minister Alain Guillaume Bunyoni told reporters. As of Feb. 1, he said, about 400 foreign nationals had been deported. The security operations in which "foreigners" were rounded up took many by surprise - especially given that Burundi is adapting its legislation to conform to the requirements of the East African Community. This process, observers said, encourages the free flow people and goods. (IRIN)

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