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UN Electoral Observation Mission in Burundi (UN-Peacebuilding)
The US has raised concerns with Rwandan officials over reports suggesting it is involved in "destabilising activities" in neighbouring Burundi, officials have said. Rwanda is reported to have armed and trained refugees to fight on behalf of the Burundian opposition.
The United Nations wants to send independent forensics experts to Burundi to help authorities investigate allegations of mass graves in the strife-torn country, a senior official said Wednesday.
A confidential report to the United Nations Security Council accuses Rwanda of recruiting and training Burundian refugees with the goal of ousting Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza.
Smail Chergui, AU commissioner for peace and security, told a press conference in the Ethiopian capital on Sunday that a proposed deployment of 5,000 troops would be deferred until permission was granted by Bujumbura. … Chergui said that an AU delegation would now fly to Burundi to hold talks aimed...
Burundi was re-elected to the African Union's peace and security council, diplomats said, a move that could complicate plans to send peacekeepers to the troubled country against its will.
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) reported today that a team of independent experts mandated to probe violations and abuses in Burundi has not been able to enter the country.
Troop deployment to take centre stage at AU meeting (22.01.2016)
There is an expectation Burundi's Pierre Nkurinziza will have no choice but accept the deployment of African Union troops to his country when the powerful African Peace and Security Council meets at the African Union summit in Addis Ababa next week.
The United Nations Security Council travels to Burundi on Thursday in a bid to quell political violence in the tiny African state amid fears it may slide back into ethnic conflict. Some council members hope to persuade President Nkurunziza to accept a 5,000-strong African Union peacekeeping force...
The first talks of the inter-Burundian dialogue have started in the Northern Province in Kirundo. Although President Pierre Nkurunziza's government followed the calls for such talks made by US President Barack Obama and the United Nations (UN) recently, the sincerity of these consultations is in...
Burundi security forces kill two suspected rebels (14.01.2016)
A former military officer and policeman who were suspected of leading a group of rebels were killed on Wednesday in a shoot out with security forces east of Burundi's capital, the police spokesman said.
UN ill-prepared for 'worst-case scenario' in Burundi (13.01.2016)
A confidential UN memo to the Security Council warns that a proposed peacekeeping force for Burundi would be unable to quell large-scale violence in the conflict-wracked African country. The memo sent by UN peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous advised council members last week to travel to Bujumbura...
Burundi peace talks postponed (05.01.2016)
Peace talks between Burundi's government and opposition groups have been postponed, with no word on when they may resume. … A senior official in Burundi's foreign affairs ministry, Joseph Bangurambona, said Tuesday the government will not participate due to the inclusion of those who he said are...
Briefing: What next for the Burundi peace process? (04.01.2016)
Talks aimed at a settlement to Burundi’s violent political divide are due to start in neighbouring Tanzania on Wednesday, but the government is taking a hard line over what it considers interference in its internal affairs.
UN chief calls on all sides to avert crisis by engaging in inclusive political dialogue (31.12.2015)
Hailing the resumption of talks between the Burundian parties in Entebbe, Uganda, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged all sides to engage in constructive dialogue as renewed violence prompts fears of a relapse into the decades of civil war that killed tens of thousands of people.
African Union 'won't allow genocide' (17.12.2015)
The African Union, discussing the situation in Burundi, says Africa will "not allow another genocide to take place on its soil". There are concerns that the recent deadly violence could spiral into civil war and possible ethnic conflict.
Burundi has dismissed criticism of its security forces, saying they acted professionally after insurgents attacked military bases in the capital, and also said there was no need to send foreign peacekeepers to the African nation.
87 killed in worst violence since April coup attempt (12.12.2015)
About 87 people have been killed in Burundi in the worst outbreak of political violence since an attempted coup in April, with residents describing victims shot execution-style.
Burundi minister promises measures to address crisis (10.12.2015)
Burundi’s foreign minister said his government will implement swift, positive measures to end the crisis that has beleaguered the country since April this year when President Pierre Nkurunziza decided to seek a third term. Alain Nyamitwe’s comments followed consultations this week with the European...
EU may restrict Burundi ties over rights concerns (09.12.2015)
The EU said it could restrict its ties with Burundi to humanitarian aid after talks which finished late on Tuesday failed to resolve its concerns over human rights in the restive central African country.
Regional and international action in Burundi at the moment isn't sufficient to address the threat of escalating human rights violations and potential mass atrocities, a United Nations official said Monday.
Earlier this month the 15-member Security Council asked Ban to provide options for boosting the U.N. presence in Burundi amid growing international concern that the violence could spiral into an ethnic conflict. A UN political mission in Burundi was shut down at the end of 2014 at the request of...
The top United Nations human rights official today deplored the Burundian authorities’ suspension of 10 non-governmental organizations (NGOs), including several working on peace and human rights issues, warning against a relapse into “full-fledged civil war.”
Burundi violence: US to place sanctions on officials (24.11.2015)
The United States is to put sanctions on four current and former officials in Burundi in connection with the continuing violence there.
Burundi: How to deconstruct peace (24.11.2015)
Burundi is back in the spotlight of the world’s media and the agenda of the United Nations Security Council. As recently as two years ago, the country was considered a success story in peacebuilding circles, but now the news is firmly of a negative variety. The UN is trying to prevent a new civil...
Belgians urged to leave Burundi by CNDD-FDD (19.11.2015)
Burundi's ruling party says all citizens of its former colonial power, Belgium, should leave the country. Belgium last week said those "whose presence is not essential" should leave because of increasing levels of violence. Burundi has accused Belgium of links to opposition groups it blames for a...
Civil society role urged in Burundi talks (17.11.2015)
A Burundian civil society leader has called on the international community to help strengthen Burundian civil society groups so that they can effectively play their role as the voices of the people. … This comes as the international community has called for an all-inclusive dialogue between the...
A prominent Burundi opposition politician urged the United Nations on Friday to send peacekeepers quickly to help deal with rising violence, after the Security Council discussed ways to boost its presence there. The Burundi government did not directly respond to the council's request to...
The European Union is to evacuate the families of staff members as well as some non-essential employees from Burundi after a wave of political violence in the central African nation, officials said Friday (13 November).
UN, AU, EU raise alarm on Burundi crisis spreading (12.11.2015)
The United Nations, African Union and European Union warned on Thursday that political division in Burundi threatened to create a deep and violent regional crisis and called on both sides to meet for mediated talks.
The UN Security Council is expected to unanimously adopt a resolution Thursday calling for an end to violence in Burundi and threatening sanctions against anyone who stands in the way of the search for a peaceful solution.
Spurred by fears of mass atrocities, the United Nations Security Council on Thursday unanimously passed a resolution that calls for a bolstered international presence in Burundi but stops short of sanctions against those who incite violence. … The Security Council action places the onus now on...
UN weighs sending peacekeepers into Burundi (11.11.2015)
The United Nations may send peacekeepers into Burundi if calm does not return to the East African nation soon, diplomats in New York said Wednesday. One option is sending in soldiers from neighboring Congo.
Burundi's political violence threatens to spiral into an ethnic or regional conflict but the United Nations is less equipped to deal with it than it was in Rwanda before the genocide in 1994, Scott Campbell, head of Central and West Africa at the U.N. human rights office, said on Tuesday.
Senior United Nations officials today warned the UN Security Council that Burundi is at a critical juncture, experiencing a deep political crisis and rapidly escalating violence with serious implications for the country's stability and ethnic harmony, as bodies are regularly dumped in the streets...
Nine people in Burundi have been killed in gunfights with security forces since Saturday, a police spokesman said, continuing a wave of violence in this central African nation.
The UN Security Council on Wednesday stood behind the African Union and its tough stance on Burundi in light of continuing violence and human rights abuses. The council condemned “an increase in the cases of human rights violations and abuses” saying it would support an African Union investigation.
[… ] the African Union announced on 17 October that it would launch an investigation into violations of human rights in Burundi. It also called for implementation of targeted sanctions against those contributing to the rising violence in the country.
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) today expressed its concern over the “rapidly worsening” security and human rights situation in Burundi, where at least 198 people have been killed since April, including the execution of at least nine civilians ten days...
Burundi's president swore in a national commission for dialogue on Friday aimed at resolving a deep political crisis, although opponents quickly dismissed the body as a sham.
EU calls Burundi to talks in Brussels over crisis (22.10.2015)
Burundi's government will be invited to talks in Brussels to seek a solution to a political crisis in the Central African country that has killed more than 120 people, EU diplomats say, warning of a suspension of aid if talks fail.
Is Burundi inching toward war? (21.10.2015)
The nature of the violence—most recently this past weekend, when at least eight people were killed in shootings—highlights the brutality and systemic nature of the conflict, and the execution-style killings of political opponents, widespread use of torture, and rhetoric concerning Rwandan...
The PSC decided "to increase the number of human rights observers and military experts deployed by the AU in Burundi. Council requests the Chairperson of the Commission to take the necessary steps to bring rapidly to a total of one hundred (100) the number of personnel deployed, including a police...
The African Union's peace and security council on Saturday recommended the organization hasten plans for sending troops to Burundi if violence in the central African nation worsens and called for investigations into rights abuses there.
Cracks widen within Burundi’s army (12.10.2015)
A central pillar of the peace accords that ended a civil war in Burundi a decade ago – integrating former Hutu rebels into the Tutsi-dominated army to create a more ethnically balanced force – is looking distinctly wobbly.
Burundi expels Rwandan diplomat as tensions rise (07.10.2015)
Rwanda, which endured a genocide in 1994, has expressed alarm about the situation in Burundi and its regional implications.
Burundi sets up team to oversee dialogue (03.10.2015)
Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza has signed a decree for the formation of a commission to oversee dialogue between the government and the opposition. … The Commission will operate for six months, on a renewable contract; their mandate is to conduct the dialogue countrywide and at all levels, a...
The UN human rights chief warned Monday that Burundi risked sliding back into civil war after a dramatic rise in killings, arrests and detentions in the troubled central African country.
UN investigator warns of mass atrocities in Burundi (15.09.2015)
A UN special investigator warns Burundi could slip back into open warfare unless the international community takes urgent preventive action.
Four killed in fresh Burundi unrest (02.09.2015)
At least four people have died in renewed clashes in Burundi, where tensions remain high following President Pierre Nkurunziza's controversial re-election, officials and witnesses said Wednesday.