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Two years after Pierre Nkurunziza announced his intention to pursue a contested third term as Burundi’s president, the country’s problems have only worsened. Killings, disappearances, gender- and ethnic-based violence, and hate speech are all part of a ‘new normal’.
Mutilated bodies are being found once again in Burundi where politically-motivated violence will soon enter its third year, according to a U.N. human rights inquiry.
Nearly two years after the political impasse started in Burundi, national authorities are reducing their cooperation with the United Nations system which risks undermining efforts to find a peaceful resolution to the crisis and cutting assistance to a population in need, the Security Council was...
Mkapa seeks special summit on Burundi talks boycott (28.02.2017)
Former Tanzania president and facilitator of the Intra-Burundi Dialogue Benjamin Mkapa wants East African Community leaders to convene an extraordinary summit on the boycott of talks by some parties. As the second round of the talks ended in Arusha last week, Mr Mkapa said he would meet Burundi...
Report of the Secretary-General on Burundi (23.02.2017)
Burundi, AU resolve AMISOM pay dispute (17.02.2017)
Amisom’s salaries are financed by the European Union (EU), but the payment arrangements are governed by an agreement between the AU and the contributing countries. For months now, the EU had not remitted the monthly 5 million euros that is paid to the Burundian soldiers in Somalia.
The main opposition grouping, CNARED, said it would attend the talks although it has previously accused mediator Benjamin William Mkapa, a former president of Tanzania, of bias.
Uganda moves to expel Burundian refugees (15.02.2017)
Ugandan will send home at least 46,000 refugees from Burundi following a request from its government. Burundian officials maintain that the country is now safe after months of civil unrest.
Talks on Burundi peace set to resume next week (09.02.2017)
Talks aiming at ending political violence in Burundi will resume next week under retired President Benjamin Mkapa with exiled politicians not likely to attend.
Opposition wants fairness in peace talks (23.01.2017)
Burundi's civil society and opposition have accused former Tanzania's president Benjamin Mkapa of sidelining key stakeholders in the ongoing efforts to find a political settlement for the country.
Youth wing of the ruling party accused of killings (19.01.2017)
Human Rights Watch says members of the youth league of Burundi's ruling party have tortured and brutally killed scores of people across the country in recent months. In a report released Thursday, the rights group said members of Imbonerakure carry out violent crimes with impunity because President...
Burundi's environment minister shot and killed (01.01.2017)
Emmanuel Niyonkuru becomes first serving government minister to be killed since political instability began in 2015.
Burundi opposition groups demanded an international mediator resign just days after he arrived, casting a shadow over already troubled efforts to resolve months of political violence.
Inter-Burundi dialogue resumes today (08.12.2016)
Warring parties in the bloody Burundi conflict start meeting here this morning for the third round of Inter-Burundi Dialogue which analysts are doubtful if it would be attended by some of the hardline opposition politicians who have fled the country.
Denouncing reports of open intimidation from armed militia against citizens of Burundi, the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) has called upon the Government to take immediate effective action to protect its people.
Burundi's government refused on Thursday to cooperate with a U.N. inquiry into months of political violence, saying accusations of abuses by its officials were part of a political plot.
Following a decision of the United Nations Human Rights Council, in which it setup a commission of inquiry to investigate human rights violations and abuses in Burundi, including whether they may constitute international crimes, the President of the body has appointed the Commission’s Chair and...
The United Nations envoy on conflict prevention has said that the international community and the Government of Burundi would find a common ground for implementing the Security Council resolution that proposes the deployment of unarmed UN police officers through continued dialogue.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned today’s attack against peacekeepers of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO), which resulted in the death of one Congolese girl and injuries to 32 ‘blue helmets.’
[…] Security Council’s press statement comes against as the Burundian Government has decided to suspend all cooperation with the UN human rights wing, pending renegotiation of the host country agreement on the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) mandate and activities in the...
The Security Council will dispatch a senior United Nations envoy to consult with officials in Burundi to “find a way forward on all issues related to peace and security and UN activities in the country,” after the Government earlier rejected a Council resolution on establishing a police officers’...
Parliamentarians in Bujumbura have voted in favor of canceling their membership of the international criminal tribunal. No state has withdrawn until now from the ICC, which oversees genocide and war crime cases.
Burundi has banned three UN investigators from entering the country after they accused the government of gross human rights violations. The investigators said in a report last month that thousands of people had been tortured, suffered sexual abuse or disappeared during political violence. They also...
The top UN human rights forum agreed to set up a commission of inquiry to identify perpetrators of killings and torture in Burundi and ensure they are brought to justice. The panel would build on the work of UN experts who looked into the suspected torture and murder of government opponents.
African leaders’ January 2016 decision not to endorse deployment of a 5,000-strong African Prevention and Protection Mission in Burundi (MAPROBU), as the African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council (PSC) recommended, revealed a wide rift between member states and the AU Commission (AUC) on how to...
UN report on human rights situation ‘purposefully and politically exaggerated’ - Burundi (24.09.2016)
Burundi has rejected deliberately politicized or falsified reports on the human rights situation in the country and will produce a comprehensive survey on the issue in response to a recently-released United Nations-backed inquiry, its Minister for External Affairs told the General Assembly today....
UN investigators looking into the alleged torture and murder of government opponents in Burundi have drawn up a list of suspects who should be prosecuted for crimes against humanity, they said on Tuesday.
Burundi people want presidential term limits removed (25.08.2016)
Burundi could scrap presidential term limits from its constitution after a commission set up to hear public views on governance said most citizens wanted no curbs on the number of times the head of state may seek re-election.
Burundi’s government has provided “no substantial answers” to the UN Committee against Torture over concerns about summary executions, political assassinations, arbitrary arrests and torture.
UN rights experts ‘gravely concerned’ by reports of reprisals against Burundian lawyers (10.08.2016)
Gravely concerned by reports that four Burundian lawyers who provided information to the United Nations Committee on Torture (CAT) are being subjected to reprisals, the body said today that it has sent a letter to the Ambassador of Burundi to the United Nations in Geneva seeking assurances that no...
Burundi said it would refuse to allow United Nations police onto its territory to monitor the security and human rights situation after the U.N. Security Council voted to send 228 officers.
The Security Council this evening requested Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to establish a United Nations police officers component in Burundi for an initial period of one year to monitor the security situation and to support the Office of the UN High Commissioner of Human Rights (OHCHR) in...
Government-allied youth in Burundi have gang-raped women and girls whose male relatives are suspected to be opposition activists, campaign group Human Rights Watch (HRW) has said.
The United Nations Security Council is considering whether to send up to 228 U.N. police to Burundi to monitor the security and human rights situation in the East African country, where deadly political violence has simmered for more than a year.
Human rights experts paint chilling picture of state ruled by fear after a year of political instability, with peace talks expected to fail.
Burundi’s government is to blame for the collapse of the latest round of peace talks aimed at resolving the country's political and security crisis, according to Vital Nshimirimana, leader of the group Forum for the Strengthening of Civil Society (FORSC).
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the assassination earlier today of Hafsa Mossi, former Burundian Minister for East African Community Affairs and Member of the East African Legislative Assembly, in the capital, Bujumbura.
Burundi’s human rights record is under scrutiny at the U.N. Human Rights Council over the objections and anger of that country’s government. The council said it is alarmed at the rise in rights violations in Burundi since last year’s political crisis.
Briefing – who’s who in Burundi’s armed opposition (07.06.2016)
[…] In the absence of constructive talks, armed violence and the threat of full-blown civil war increases. As different opposition outfits proliferate, here’s a snapshot of the main insurgent groups: … .
President Pierre Nkurunziza has given armed gangs in Burundi 15 days to surrender to authorities and hand in their weapons or face unspecified action.
The United Nations Independent Investigation in Burundi, which was set up to investigate human rights violations in the country since April 2015, said today it has completed the deployment of a team of human rights monitors on the ground.
Burundi’s peace talks going nowhere (24.05.2016)
[…] The government of President Pierre Nkurunziza has been steadfast in its refusal to talk with opponents implicated in a coup attempt last year aimed at stopping his bid for a third-term in office. Instead the 21 to 24 May “dialogue” in Arusha, Tanzania, featured only government officials, two...
Burundi: A Dangerous Third Term – ICG Africa Report (20.05.2016)
[…] While many Burundians and the international community believed the ethnic problem had been solved with the Arusha accord, it has returned to the fore with President Nkurunziza’s third term. To reverse this trend, a debate should be organised on the necessary amendments to the peace agreement.
The crisis in Burundi is officially entering its second year, without a clear resolution or trajectory in sight. Burundi remains unstable, with dead bodies—often showing signs of torture—still being discovered throughout various provinces, high-profile assassinations on the rise, and newly formed...
Rwanda aids Burundi rebels: UN experts (13.05.2016)
A confidential report to the United Nations Security Council accuses Rwanda of providing training, financing and logistical support through early 2016 for Burundian rebels seeking to oust Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza.
The United Nations human rights chief today condemned the increasing number of attacks against high-level officials in Burundi and called for proper investigations to be carried out.
[…] Brigadier General Kararuza had served in senior positions in both the African-led International Support Mission to the Central African Republic (MISCA) and the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA).
ICC opens preliminary probe into Burundi violence (25.04.2016)
The International Criminal Court says it is opening a preliminary probe into the violence that erupted last year in Burundi. … The United Nations last week accused Burundi’s security services of torturing and illegally detaining several hundred people this year. Last month, the European Union...
The United Nations human rights chief today warned of a “sharp increase in the use of torture and ill-treatment in Burundi” and voiced concerns about worrying reports of the existence of illegal detention facilities, both in Bujumbura and in the countryside.
UN weighs options for Burundi police force (17.04.2016)
Calling the situation in Burundi "alarmingly precarious," UN chief Ban Ki-moon is proposing three options for a new UN police mission there, ranging from a full force of 3,000 officers to a light dispatch of 20 to 50. … In the report, Ban said dispatching a force of up to 3,000 was "the only option...