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UN Electoral Observation Mission in Burundi (UN-Peacebuilding)
About 6,000 Burundians have fled into Rwanda over the past month, Rwandan officials said, fearing violence in the build up to a presidential election. Speculation has grown that Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza will seek a third term, leading to the worst political tensions since a 12-year...
Political storm clouds have been gathering over Burundi, with worries the president's ambitions for a constitutionally-questionable third term in office could reignite violence in a country still regaining its footing after years of civil war.
Dozens of senior officials in Burundi's ruling party have urged President Pierre Nkurunziza to abandon a quest for a third term this June to avoid renewed violence in the landlocked central African nation.
Starting in May, Burundians are scheduled to go to the polls for the third time since the Arusha Peace and Reconciliation Agreement and subsequent cease-fire agreements ended the Burundian civil war in 2003. These are important elections with significant consequences for the consolidation of peace...
Process to ensure free, fair elections in Burundi requires ‘sustained attention’ – UN SC (18.02.2015)
The United Nations Security Council today urged the Government of Burundi to establish a climate of freedom and openness conducive to the holding of elections later this year and expressed concern about reports of intimidation, harassment, arbitrary detention and other curtailments to the enjoyment...
Burundian army accused of murdering rebels (27.01.2015)
Burundian soldiers shot dead 17 rebels at point-blank range after they surrendered in January, witnesses have told the BBC. … Burundi's army denied the allegation, saying 95 rebels were killed in a five-day battle in the remote north-west.
Amid a flare-up in fighting and ongoing political tensions between the Government and opposition members, the organization of legitimate elections in Burundi remains ‘one of the most pressing challenges’ facing the African country in 2015, the top United Nations political official declared today.
Burundi's government on Monday boycotted the launch of the UN observer mission for elections in May and June, as concern mounts over the risk of violence in the key polls. Foreign affairs spokesman Daniel Kabuto said there were "technical problems" concerning the exact role of the mission, saying...
The UN Electoral Observation Mission (MENUB) is mandated to follow and report on the presidential, parliamentary and local elections in Burundi that are scheduled between May and September 2015.
L'Assemblée du Burundi a adopté mercredi à une large majorité les noms des onze membres d'une Commission vérité et réconciliation (CVR), chargée d'établir la vérité sur les massacres interethniques depuis 1962, mais sans l'opposition représentant la minorité tutsie.
Burundi's opposition parties have asked the country's electoral body to postpone voter registration because of electoral fraud and growing violence.
According to a press release, Mr. Uteem, a native of Mauritius, will bring his many years of political and diplomatic experience to his new role which will begin with the start of MENUB’s operations on 1 January 2015. … The UN Security Council set the creation of MENUB in motions in February...
Noting the current stability in Burundi’s security situation, two United Nations officials briefing the Security Council today urged vigilance, but expressed confidence that the Government would continue on a path towards peace in the run-up to elections in 2015.
Adopted in March 2013, the Roadmap towards 2015 elections is made of 42 recommendations focusing on the elections legal framework; environment, management and conduct of the elections; and monitoring mechanism.
Arrests, harassment, a clampdown on free speech: with less than a year before elections in Burundi, critics say the government is doing all it can clamp down on political challengers.
Parfait Onanga-Anyanga … said there were also reasons to be optimistic, including that the recent calls made by the President of Burundi to his closest advisers, in particular to the Minister of Interior, to ensure authorized political parties can freely undertake their activities throughout the...
Burundi opposition 'targeted' (29.07.2014)
Burundi's ruling party is waging a "relentless campaign of intimidation" against its critics ahead of presidential elections next year, Amnesty International says.
Burundi’s troubled peace and reconciliation process (17.07.2014)
Fifteen years after a peace accord called for its creation, Burundi is finally to set up a Peace and Reconciliation Commission (PRC) to examine crimes committed since 1962.
Recent events paint a picture of growing tension between the government of Burundi and the UN Office in Burundi (BNUB). Burundi also faces an increasingly complicated situation with tension mounting ahead of the country’s 2015 elections … .
Burundi expels second UN official (04.06.2014)
Authorities said the UN officer, a Kenyan national, had been caught trying to board a plane while carrying ammunition, although the incident comes amid mounting tensions between the UN bureau in the country and the Burundian government.
Special Envoys for Great Lakes Region concerned about political restrictions in Burundi (03.06.2014)
United Nations Secretary-General, African Union, European Union and United States Special Envoys to the Great Lakes Region on Monday expressed concern about the constraints on political space and civil liberties in Burundi which hinder the efforts of the opposition, civil society, and the media, in...
Burundi could be heading for political violence ahead of the 2015 elections amid allegations that the ruling National Council for the Defence of Democracy-Forces for Defence of Democracy (CNDD-FDD) has been arming its youth wing.
Burundi political infighting could derail country’s peacebuilding efforts – UN official (14.05.2014)
The political situation in Burundi remains tense with limited political space not conducive to protection of human rights, a United Nations envoy today told the Security Council today, warning that as the country approaches elections in 2015, there is a possibility of violence.
New election law a step forward for Burundi (28.04.2014)
In a move likely to ease political tensions, parliamentarians in Burundi on 25 April adopted by consensus a new electoral code to guide the conduct of presidential, legislative and local elections due next year.
Burundi expels UN official over arms report (18.04.2014)
Burundi's foreign ministry has said it ordered a top United Nations official out of the country after a report claimed the government was arming young supporters ahead of elections.
Looming polls raise Burundi’s risk profile (17.04.2014)
As the country gears up for elections at some yet-to-be-determined date next year, several issues are setting the crisis needle twitching.
The United Nations today called on the Government of Burundi to address ongoing political violence and restrictions on human rights, saying it is receiving “troubling” information about recent developments in the country.
Samantha Power, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations met President Pierre Nkurunziza - who might be allowed to run for a third term under a new constitution - and told him he should leave the current system in place.
In its resolution the Council asked Mr. Ban to prepare BNUB's transition and the transfer of appropriate responsibilities to the country team by 31 December, and urged it and its component agencies to scale up their activities and programming during the transition.
Burundi's junior coalition party has accused the president of undermining a delicate power-sharing deal, a constitutional requirement that has kept ethnic tensions in check. … Adding to tensions, the U.N. Security Council will decide on Thursday whether to renew the mandate of a U.N. mission tasked...
Despite Burundi's request that the United Nations mission helping it recover from decades of ethnic war end by mid-2014, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is recommending its renewal for another full year as the country moves towards crucial elections amid political violence and intra-party tensions.
Alarm over Burundi’s planned constitution changes (18.12.2013)
Opposition parties accuse the government of unilaterally pushing for changes that would strengthen the executive and upset a delicate balance of power - between the country’s Hutu majority and Tutsi minority - enshrined in the Arusha Peace and Reconciliation Agreement for Burundi, which was signed...
In a climate of political uncertainty and unresolved tensions, Burundians are preparing to go to the polls in 2015. It has been fifteen years since the Arusha Peace and Reconciliation Agreement brought to an end the seven-year civil war. … Signatories to the accords and civil society groups claim...
Burundi ex-rebel leaves hiding (06.08.2013)
Burundi's main opposition leader and ex-rebel Agathon Rwasa has come out of hiding after three years. He denied that he had been abroad and said he would stand in 2015 presidential elections.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today commended Burundian political actors’ commitment to dialogue as all political parties met in the country’s capital, Bujumbura, for the first time since 2010 to discuss issues related to the electoral process.
The Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations political mission in Burundi for another year to support peace and long-term development in the country, as well as to redouble efforts to tackle corruption and allow people the freedom to organize ahead of the presidential and...
Burundi: Bye-bye Arusha? – new ICG report (25.10.2012)
Since the 2010 boycotted elections, Burundi is steadily drifting away from what was initially regarded as a peacemaking model, and violence from both the ruling party and the opposition is threatening stability. Burundi: Bye-bye Arusha?, the latest report from the International Crisis Group,...
Burundi commission to probe extra-judicial killings (12.06.2012)
Burundi has set up a commission to probe allegations by human rights groups of extra-judicial killings and torture, the country's prosecutor general said Tuesday.
Burundi bans report on political assassinations (02.05.2012)
Burundi's government has banned Human Rights Watch from holding a press conference about its report into the escalation of political violence.
Despite the establishment of anti-corruption agencies, Burundi is facing a deepening corruption crisis that jeopardises prospects for lasting peace and stability. “Burundi: A Deepening Corruption Crisis”, the latest report from the International Crisis Group, highlights the neopatrimonialist...
The Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations political mission in Burundi, stressing that the country must continue to make progress on protecting human rights, fighting corruption, reforming its security sector and boosting economic development.
Burundi is making steady progress in consolidating peace after years of conflict, the United Nations top official in the country told the Security Council today, noting that considerable socio-economic challenges remain.
Burundi declared landmine free (02.12.2011)
One of the world’s poorest countries has officially cleared its territory of landmines thanks to help from Nobel Peace Prize-winning UK charity, MAG (Mines Advisory Group). Funded by the Swiss Department of Foreign Affairs, MAG has helped Burundi declare itself landmine free three years ahead of...
Burundi gunmen kill Italian, Croatian aid workers (28.11.2011)
Gunmen killed a Croatian nun and an Italian doctor who were working in a psychiatric clinic in northern Burundi, its head said on Monday. Although the landlocked central African nation has been plagued by insecurity this year, the killings on Sunday night in the northern district of Kiremba were...
Burundi troops kill 18 in clashes – official (22.11.2011)
Burundian troops killed 18 gunmen in fierce clashes, a government official said on Tuesday, stoking fears that a new rebellion may erupt in the central African nation.
Burundi’s violence escalates (21.09.2011)
The massacre of 41 people in a bar near Bujumbura on 18 September was one of the most deadly incidents in Burundi in recent years but it took place in a climate of constant low-level violence and political instability.
At least 36 killed in Burundi attack (19.09.2011)
Raiders killed at least 36 people when they stormed a Burundi bar and opened fire on patrons in one of the country's worst attacks in months, an official said Monday. … The attackers raided a bar in Gatumba area, some 13 kilometres (eight miles) west of the capital Bujumbura in a stronghold of the...
Burundi gunmen kill one, insurgency fears rise (11.08.2011)
Gunmen killed one soldier and seriously wounded five people in western Burundi, the latest attack in a spate of violent incidents that have raised fears of a new insurgency in the central African country.
Burundi is making commendable efforts to consolidate its post-conflict peacebuilding process, the United Nations top official in the central African country told the Security Council today, calling on the international community to continue supporting its steps towards sustainable development.