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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...
Burundi rejects deployment of UN police, monitors (09.04.2016)
[…] The government said it will not compromise the mandate of its police force to maintain law and order after the France-sponsored motion was passed by the UN Security Council to monitor the security situation in the country. “We don’t want deployment of hundreds of police officers. The United...
Burundi: Beneath the 'peace' lies fear (06.04.2016)
Three-quarters of a year after the elections, Burundi seems to have achieved a certain level of calm. Yet under the surface tension is still boiling. During a panel discussion in Berlin experts voiced their concerns.
[…] "This UN resolution is fine for us since it takes into account everything we have been saying," Alain Nyamitwe, Burundi's foreign minister, told Reuters. "We have always been open to experts but never to sending of peacekeeping troops in Burundi," he said, adding "a few" UN police could help...
The United Nations Security Council asked UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday to provide options for a police deployment to Burundi, where simmering political violence has stoked fears the small African state could spiral into ethnic conflict.
The European Union plans to cut back its funding for Burundi's lucrative peacekeeping contingent in Somalia to try to force President Pierre Nkurunziza into talks with opponents and away from the brink of ethnic conflict, diplomatic sources said.
A climate for inclusive dialogue is urgently required to eradicate the polarization and fragmentation of Burundian society, resulting from the increasing poverty and ongoing political crisis, a senior United Nations human rights official today urged.
EU suspends aid to Burundi over political crisis (14.03.2016)
The European Union on Monday suspended aid to Burundi’s government, citing a political crisis that has claimed more than 400 lives and forced more than 240,000 people to flee to neighboring countries.
Burundi opposition leader arrested (09.03.2016)
Police in Burundi have arrested one of the last opposition leaders not to have fled the troubled country, his family and supporters said Wednesday.
UN investigator says Burundi mission was a success (08.03.2016)
Three independent experts working for the United Nations have ended their investigation into alleged mass graves in Burundi. One of them told DW they had good access to all conflicting parties.
[…]The East African Community (EAC), meeting in Arusha, Tanzania Wednesday named the 77-year old [former Tanzanian President Benjamin] Mkapa to hopefully breed new life into the talks, which have been bogged down under the leadership of Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni.
The Burundian government has launched a census to register all foreigners, sparking fears among overseas nationals that the scheme could be a pretext for state surveillance.
UN investigators begin probe into killings (01.03.2016)
A team of investigators is in Burundi to probe abuses and arbitrary killings in the country that have been going on since President Pierre Nkurunziza was controversially re-elected for a third term in April 2015.
AU to send monitors to Burundi (29.02.2016)
The African Union says it will send 200 military advisers and human rights observers to Burundi, 10 months into the country’s violent political crisis over President Pierre Nkrunziza’s third term. International diplomatic efforts appear to be making little headway.
African leaders in Burundi to push for talks (25.02.2016)
[…] The African Union agreed to send the delegation -- which is headed by South African President Jacob Zuma and includes the leaders of Ethiopia, Gabon, Mauritania and Senegal -- during its January summit when Burundi successfully faced down a plan to deploy 5,000 peacekeepers to the country.
[…] Ban announced the breakthrough Tuesday after meetings with Nkurunziza, opposition leaders and civil society groups in the capital Bujumbura. The U.N. chief said that all sides had promised to engage in "inclusive dialogue."
The European Union, strife-stricken Burundi’s biggest aid donor, today (15 February) warned the country could face “appropriate measures” if it does not remedy its human rights record.
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.