Maria Burnett


Maria Burnett, senior researcher in the Africa Division of Human Rights Watch, discusses the possible Somalia grudge motive behind the Ugandan “World Cup” bombing, the need for a competent and timely civilian police investigation to catch the perpetrators and Uganda’s spotty track record of adhering to the rule of law and human rights.

MP3 here. (9:46)

Maria Burnett is senior researcher in the Africa Division of Human Rights Watch. She currently covers Uganda and emerging human rights issues in Central Africa. She has worked with the organization since 2005, first as the Burundi researcher in the Bujumbura field office.

Burnett has worked on a range of human rights issues, including child soldiers, torture and killings by intelligence and counterterrorism agents, abuses by the Lord’s Resistance Army, and justice reform in Central and East Africa. Before joining Human Rights Watch, Burnett worked as an architect and journalist in Africa. Burnett holds a law degree from Yale Law School and a bachelor’s in architecture from Princeton University. She speaks French.

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