Their detention sparked worldwide anger with many taking to social media to post defaced pictures of Nkurunziza with the hashtag #FreeOurGirls.
A boy, who was not charged with any offenses but was arrested as part of the initial group of seven, and another girl were also expelled, HRW’s Central Africa director Lewis Mudge told CNN.
“This is affecting their right to an education.”
Mudge says authorities decided to expel them from the l’Ecofo Akamuri school in Kirundo province in Burundi’s north.
CNN was not immediately able to reach the Burundi government or the school authorities for comment.
“This demonstrates the way schools are being politicized in Burundi,” Mudge said.
“It also shows there are some individuals who are saying that this is such an intolerable act they feel the need to permanently expel these children.”
Previously, schoolchildren in Burundi were jailed and expelled for similar offenses.
The same year, hundreds of children were expelled from several schools for scribbling on the President’s face in their books.
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