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Security Council urges dialogue amid deteriorating political and humanitarian situation (05.04.2018)

Expressing deep concern over the slow pace of the inter-Burundian dialogue and the lack of engagement by the Government, the United Nations Security Council called on all stakeholders, in particular the authorities to commit to the dialogue and reach an agreement ahead of the 2020 elections.

Burundi to hold referendum on extending presidential terms in May (19.03.2018)

Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza on Sunday set May 17 as the date for a referendum that could extend his rule for at least a decade.

Burundi ruling party titles Nkurunziza 'visionary' ahead of referendum (13.03.2018)

The country is due to hold a referendum in May on whether to amend the constitution to extend presidential terms to seven years from five. The proposed changes would limit the president to two consecutive terms but would not take into account previous terms, potentially extending Nkurunziza's rule...

Situation in Burundi ‘not suitable’ for credible elections – UN official (26.02.2018)

Urgent efforts are needed to keep the “hard-won” gains in Burundi from eroding, a senior United Nations official told the Security Council on Monday, noting that while the security situation is calm, there is still the potential for volatility as political tensions persist. … The environment is...

Burundi compiles new electoral roll despite protest (08.02.2018)

The inscription of voters for a constitutional referendum that could allow Burundi's president to prolong his rule began Thursday in Burundi, the independent national electoral commission (CENI) announced. If accepted by the electorate, the constitutional change passed by the government last...

The Burundi peace talks are all wrong (19.12.2017)

Not only has the latest round of peace negotiations has failed. It has also fundamentally misdiagnosed the problem in the first place.

Faced by weakened opposition, Nkurunziza bids to extend rule (13.12.2017)

Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza launched a campaign on Tuesday for constitutional changes that could keep him in power until 2034. Coming two years after a violent crackdown on opponents of Nkurunziza’s bid for a third term, it is unclear what form opposition to the move will take.

Burundi opposition platform boycotts new round of peace talks (28.11.2017)

Burundi’s main opposition grouping said it is boycotting peace talks that resumed on Tuesday in Tanzania, leaving little chance that the negotiations will end simmering political violence that has claimed hundreds of lives.

Continuing support for Burundi political process only way forward, Security Council told (20.11.2017)

Despite challenges towards inclusive dialogue in Burundi, the United Nations must continue to support the political process there, the Organization's envoy to the east African country told the Security Council on Monday.

Burundi rejects International Criminal Court war crimes investigation (11.11.2017)

Burundi said on Friday it will refuse to cooperate with an International Criminal Court (ICC) investigation into war crimes prosecutors suspect were committed by forces loyal to President Pierre Nkurunziza’s government against their political opponents. The court ordered a formal investigation on...

ICC orders war crimes probe in Burundi (09.11.2017)

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has granted chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda's request to open war crimes investigation in Burundi. … In a statement Thursday, the court said it allowed the probe on October 25, two days before Burundi formally withdrew from the Rome Statute that established...

Burundian refugees: it's not safe to go home (01.11.2017)

Political unrest and violence prompted more than 400,000 people to flee Burundi and relocate to nearby countries, primarily Rwanda, Uganda and Tanzania. Despite appeals from Burundi and other central African countries to leave their camps and repatriate, Burundian political refugees say they...

Burundi takes steps to extend president's rule as crisis deepens (28.10.2017)

Burundi’s cabinet backed a constitutional change that would allow its president to stay in office until 2034, widening a political rift that has driven the country progressively deeper into crisis.

Burundi quits International Criminal Court (27.10.2017)

One month after a scathing United Nations report that called for a criminal investigation likely to lead back to its leaders, Burundi has withdrawn from the International Criminal Court, becoming the first country in the world to do so.

Burundi’s newest, biggest rebel group (03.10.2017)

Who are the Popular Forces of Burundi? On 27 August, Burundian rebel leader Major General Jérémie Ntiranyibagira announced the reorganisation of the militant group, the Republican Forces of Burundi (Forebu). Via a recorded statement, he declared a name change to the Popular Forces of Burundi (FPB)...

UN Human Rights Council extends Burundi rights probe (29.09.2017)

The U.N. Human Rights Council voted on Friday to extend the mandate of a Commission of Inquiry into human rights in Burundi, dealing a blow to an attempt by a group of African countries to replace the commission with a different team.

UN agrees new team of experts for Burundi but EU and US decry move (28.09.2017)

The U.N. Human Rights Council agreed on Thursday to send experts to work with Burundi's government in pursuing perpetrators of "deplorable crimes" but the European Union and United States criticised the resolution. They said the last-minute move presented by African nations failed to take into...

The Burundian army’s dangerous over-reliance on peacekeeping (07.09.2017)

Burundi needs international peacekeeping missions to keep its troops paid and happy. Peacekeeping missions need Burundian troops. But for how long?

UN independent panel calls for ICC probe into possible crimes against humanity (05.09.2017)

Having concluded that serious human rights violations, including executions and sexual violence, are continuing in Burundi with impunity, a United Nations-appointed expert panel will ask the International Criminal Court (ICC) to open an investigation into possible crimes against humanity.

'No sign of positive evolution' in Burundi, says head of independent UN rights probe (21.08.2017)

Ahead of next month's presentation to the United Nations Human Rights Council, an independent panel today said that the human rights situation in Burundi has not improved.

Amid 'political impasse' in Burundi, Security Council urges all parties to cease violence (02.08.2017)

The United Nations Security Council today expressed “deep concern” over the political situation in Burundi – including increasing numbers of refugees and reports of torture, forced disappearances and extrajudicial killings – and strongly urged the Government and all parties to immediately cease and...

UN envoy reiterates inclusive dialogue, regional support to political process (26.07.2017)

[…] The United Nations Special Envoy to Burundi Michel Kafando noted that authorities in Burundi and the opposition have diverging views on the political situation in the country, in a difficult socio-economic context, but consider the situation calm and seek to preserve their national sovereignty...

Do Burundi's peace talks stand a chance? (14.07.2017)

Burundi's government and opposition alliance plan to meet at the end of July for talks to end the country's two year political conflict. As tensions escalate, this goal looks less likely by the day.

Burundi purging army on ethnic lines – report (05.07.2017)

Burundian authorities intensified an ethnically-driven purge of the army this year, risking renewed civil war in the central African nation, a French rights group said.

Senior UN official urges steps towards political dialogue amid ongoing fragility (20.06.2017)

Amid Burundi's “fragile” security situation, marked by recent grenade attacks in the capital, Bujumbura, a senior United Nations political official told the Security Council today that regional actors and international partners must press for confidence-building measures that would be conducive for...

UN investigators say Burundian forces still torturing, killing opponents (15.06.2017)

Burundian security forces and allied militia are still abducting, torturing and killing people with almost total impunity, UN investigators said on Thursday, an accusation fiercely denied by Burundi.

UN concerned about surge in killed and forced disappearances in Burundi (19.04.2017)

Dozens of unidentified bodies have been found across Burundi and incidents of torture by security forces and night raids on opposition homes by militias have surged, a top UN human rights official said.

Grotesque rape chants expose 'campaign of terror' in Burundi – UN rights chief (18.04.2017)

Raising alarm over an apparent “widespread pattern” of rallies in many places across Burundi where young men from the Imbonerakure militia – the youth wing of the ruling political party – repeatedly chant a call to impregnate or kill opponents, the top United Nations human rights official has...

The army in crisis – ICG report (05.04.2017)

Two years on, the Burundi crisis shows little sign of resolution. Political and ethnic polarisation are now tearing apart the integrity of the army, long seen as the primary achievement of the Arusha peace agreement in 2000 which brought an end to protracted civil conflict.

Dismantling the Arusha Accords as the Burundi crisis rages on (23.03.2017)

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 discovered amid political violence in Burundi, UN inquiry says (14.03.2017)

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.

Burundian authorities 'shut doors' to engagement, cooperation – Security Council told (09.03.2017)

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...

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.

Burundi government will not attend planned peace talks (16.02.2017)

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 reject mediator days after his arrival (13.12.2016)

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.

UN experts call on Government to protect citizens against violence (29.11.2016)

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 says will not cooperate with UN investigation into violence (24.11.2016)

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.

UN human rights body appoints Commission of inquiry on Burundi (22.11.2016)

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...

UN envoy reports on 'constructive' discussions with Burundi to resolve differences (09.11.2016)

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.

Ban condemns attack that kills one civilian and wounds 32 UN peacekeepers (08.11.2016)

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 hopes for ‘swift solution’ between government and human rights bodies (14.10.2016)

[…] 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...

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