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Report of the Secretary-General on the situation in Burundi (24.10.2019)

[…] “Although noticeable efforts have been made by the Government to improve the security situation, the human rights situation remains a source of grave concern.”

Burundi security forces kill 14 armed men plotting attack (23.10.2019)

Security forces in Burundi have killed at least 14 armed men who had intended to launch an attack in the northwestern province of Bubanza, police and residents said.

Pressure builds on Burundian refugees in Tanzania amid threat of forced return (15.10.2019)

A plan to repatriate some 200,000 Burundian refugees living in Tanzanian camps has raised concerns that many who fled the country to escape violence may be forced back home, just as Burundi’s 2020 elections increase the prospects of a new political crisis.

Burundi's beleaguered government reaches out to opponents (10.10.2019)

Diplomatically isolated and its economy on the skids, Burundi is cautiously reaching out to its opponents in a bid to ease a deepening four-year-old crisis. In the past few days, President Pierre Nkurunziza's government has met with CNARED—a forum of exiled opposition figures that opposed...

Nearly 600 Burundian refugees head home as mass repatriation starts (03.10.2019)

Burundi and Tanzania agreed in August to start repatriating 200,000 refugees, saying that conditions in Burundi had improved.

'Climate of fear' worsens in Burundi (25.09.2019)

The Catholic Church has denounced political violence and intolerance in Burundi in the lead-up to next year's elections. The church joins a growing number of human rights groups and organizations who are increasingly critical of the government.

Investigators say Burundi's Nkurunziza violated human rights (18.09.2019)

A committee looking into abuses in Burundi has concluded that President Pierre Nkurunziza is personally accountable for serious violations. They have presented their final report before the international human rights council in Geneva. … The UN commission's report says agents of the national...

UN Commission warns of likelihood of genocide in Burundi (04.09.2019)

The UN Commission of Inquiry on Burundi said Wednesday that the country, following years of political turmoil, was primed for a genocide. The commission's warning, contained in its latest report on human rights in Burundi, was based on an analysis developed by the U.N. Office for the Prevention of...

Pact to repatriate Burundi's refugees from Tanzania fuels fear (27.08.2019)

A deal to begin repatriating almost 200,000 Burundi refugees from Tanzania beginning in October has sparked anxiety among the displaced, with individuals considering an appeal to the United Nations and at least one civil society group weighing a lawsuit over any forced return.

Report of the UN Commission of Inquiry on Burundi (06.08.2019)

“Serious human rights violations have continued to be committed in Burundi since May 2018, in a general climate of impunity. Some of these violations constitute international crimes. Members of the youth league of the ruling party, the Imbonerakure, are the main perpetrators. Officers of the...

In Burundi, fears that next year's vote will be bloody again (28.07.2019)

It made history as the first country to quit the International Criminal Court. Then it kicked out the United Nations human rights office. Even as Burundi's vice president asserts in a rare interview that the troubled country is now peaceful, reports of abuses are up ahead of next year's election as...

Media advocates decry Burundi's increasing restrictions (17.07.2019)

Press freedom advocates are coming down hard on Burundi, after increasing restrictions prompted the BBC to shut down its bureau in the central African country this week. Burundian authorities have also suspended VOA from operating in the country since March and have threatened sanctions against...

HRW releases stinging report on abuses, calls for holding government to account (07.07.2019)

Burundi is facing at further global isolation after Human Rights Watch released a stinging report on rights abuses there. The report by the HRW tells of how ruling party youths have carried out dozens of beatings, arbitrary arrests, disappearances, and killings against real and suspected political...

UN Commission warns of new Burundi political crisis in 2020 (03.07.2019)

A U.N. commission on Burundi says the country is poised for another political crisis when it holds elections next year. The three-member commission of inquiry says the ruling party is trying to harass and intimidate opponents and creating the conditions for unfair elections. The chair of the...

Running out of options in Burundi – new ICG report (20.06.2019)

Talks about ending Burundi’s crisis – sparked by the president’s decision to seek a third term – have fizzled out. With elections nearing in 2020, tensions could flare. Strong regional pressure is needed to begin opening up the country’s political space before the balloting.

Ahead of 2020 elections, situation in Burundi shows encouraging signs but remains fragile (14.06.2019)

A UN Security Council meeting on the security and political situation in Burundi was held on Friday, as the country continues to grapple with a four-year-long crisis and is gearing up for new elections in 2020.

Burundi threatens to cut ties with UN envoy: diplomats (31.05.2019)

Burundi is threatening to cut ties with the UN envoy appointed to the country, ahead of elections next year that the government in Bujumbura insists are an internal matter, according to UN diplomats. The UN Security Council abruptly scrapped a meeting on Burundi scheduled for Tuesday after...

Burundi court seizes assets of opposition figures (16.05.2019)

Burundi's chief justice has ordered the seizure of property belonging to jailed army officers and exiled opposition activists accused of supporting a supposed coup plot against President Pierre Nkurunziza.

Free press should be barred from 2020 poll: Burundi commissioner (08.05.2019)

A senior Burundi election official has called for independent media to be barred from covering the country's presidential polls in 2020, local press and witnesses reported Wednesday.

U.S. calls on Burundi to rescind decisions against BBC and VOA (03.04.2019)

The U.S. State Department on Tuesday called on Burundi to rescind its decision to suspend the U.S-funded Voice of America and ban the BBC and to allow journalists to operate freely in the run-up to elections in 2020. … Both broadcasters were suspended, initially for six months, in May last year in...

Democratic space in Burundi is shrinking - UN Panel (13.03.2019)

A UN commission of inquiry on Burundi says the government of President Pierre Nkurunziza is becoming more repressive. The three-member commission says this does not bode well for elections in 2020. … The commission of inquiry remains the only international mechanism for monitoring Burundi's human...

UN human rights chief regrets closure of Burundi office following Government pressure (05.03.2019)

In a statement released on Tuesday, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, announced her regret at the closure of the UN Human Rights Office in Burundi – which was set up more than two decades ago – at the insistence of the country’s government. The Burundian authorities...

Inclusive dialogue ‘only viable option’ for resolving country’s political crisis says, UN envoy (19.02.2019)

An inter-Burundian, inclusive dialogue remains the only viable option for lasting settlement of the political crisis and the holding of elections in 2020 in a peaceful environment, the United Nations Special Envoy for the country, Michel Kafando, told the Security Council on Tuesday.

Burundi: Government to go ahead with 2020 polls (15.02.2019)

Burundi government has said it would go ahead with preparations of next year's general elections as the country's security situation has tremendously improved.

Burundi to change its capital city (17.01.2019)

The Burundian parliament has voted to move the country’s capital from Bujumbura back to the ancient capital of Gitega. … Opposition accuse [President Pierre] Nkurunziza of attempting a symbolic restoration as Bujumbura is today considered an opposition stronghold where the president spends less and...

Burundi orders UN to close Human Rights office in Bujumbura (06.12.2018)

Burundi’s government has reportedly asked the United Nations Human Rights Council to close its office in the country within two months, according to foreign ministry and UN sources. … Burundi had suspended collaboration with the human rights office since October 2016.

Burundian must take lead in launching inclusive dialogue to end political crisis – UN envoy (21.11.2018)

The absence of an inclusive political dialogue in Burundi has left country fragile amid the humanitarian, economic and financial difficulties and ongoing security threats, the United Nations Special Envoy there told the Security Council on Wednesday. … He noted that the security situation in...

IBD facilitator Mkapa optimistic about Burundi peace talks (30.10.2018)

The curtain of the fifth Inter Burundi Dialogue (IBD) came down yesterday with former Tanzanian President Benjamin William Mkapa expressing his optimism about peace talks.

UN rights chief denounces Burundi for ‘belligerent and defamatory’ attack on inquiry team (25.10.2018)

The top United Nations human rights official has called on Burundi to “immediately retract” its threat to try and prosecute members of a UN Commission of Inquiry into rights abuses in the central African nation.

EU renews sanctions until 31 October 2019 (25.10.2018)

On 25 October 2018, the Council renewed the EU restrictive measures against Burundi until 31 October 2019. These measures consist of a travel ban and asset freeze against four persons whose activities were deemed to be undermining democracy or obstructing the search for a political solution to the...

Last Burundi round of talks falter (24.10.2018)

The East African Community-mediated Inter-Burundi dialogue, scheduled for Wednesday, October 24, seemed to falter after the government and ruling party delegates failed to turn up. … The 5th session is supposed to be the last round of talks that will mainly focus on the roadmap towards a free and...

Burundi talks to end in October (13.10.2018)

The fifth and last session of the Intra-Burundi dialogue is expected to kick off on October 24, with the focus a road map for a free and fair 2020 general election.

Aid groups denounce Burundi’s 3-month ban on NGOs (03.10.2018)

Aid groups are decrying Burundi’s decision to suspend nongovernmental organizations, amid ongoing concerns about human rights violations in the country. The action by Burundi’s National Security Council stops the work of groups such as Doctors Without Borders and Catholic Relief Services, both of...

Burundi threatens to quit UN human rights body (18.09.2018)

Burundi, beset by accusations of crimes against humanity, threatened to withdraw from the UN Human Rights Council and sue its critics. A UN Commission of Inquiry, set up in 2016, published a detailed 272-page report saying government and its supporters were responsible for crimes against humanity....

Burundi under fire for expelling UN human rights team (12.09.2018)

Burundi’s ambassador in Geneva struggled to explain to the UN Human Rights Council why his government threw out a UN team the Council, with Burundi’s backing, sent to investigate human rights abuses.

‘They’re hiding the bodies’ after summary executions, say UN investigators (05.09.2018)

Serious rights violations are continuing in Burundi, including summary executions and hate speech at the highest level of government, UN-appointed investigators said on Wednesday. In their second report on the deteriorating human rights situation in the Great Lakes country, the Commission of...

UN Envoy urges Burundi leaders to ‘seize opportunities for national unity and peace’ (09.08.2018)

The Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Burundi, Michel Kafando, has called on the country’s leaders to “seize the opportunity” offered by the recent adoption of a new constitution, to create a new political environment that is “conducive to the consolidation of national unity and peace”.

Opponents of constitutional change in Burundi face torture and execution: UN investigators (27.06.2018)

In Burundi, opponents of constitutional reform supported by the Government have faced torture and execution amid a “continuing environment of threats and intimidation”, senior UN investigators said on Wednesday. Reporting to the Human Rights Council, the Commission of Inquiry on Burundi delivered...

Burundi’s president will not contest presidency in 2020: report (07.06.2018)

Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza promised on Thursday not to seek re-election when his term ends in 2020, easing fears of fresh violence in the impoverished country. Nkurunziza had been widely expected to take advantage of recent changes to the constitution to stand for two more terms -...

UN envoy urges ‘inclusive’ talks to resolve crisis in Burundi (25.05.2018)

Briefing the Security Council a week after the country voted in favour of a new constitution, Michel Kafando, the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Burundi said that voting has passed off with relative calm but that some irregularities had been reported by civil society groups and...

Central African leaders turn to constitutional changes to cement power (22.05.2018)

Voters in Burundi have backed wide-ranging constitutional changes that will reinforce the power of the president, Pierre Nkurunziza, potentially allowing him to rule for up to 14 more years after his current term expires in 2020. The measures were approved by 75% of voters, with 17% opposed, on a...

Violence ahead of Burundi vote to extend president's term to 2034 (14.05.2018)

Millions of voters in Burundi will go to the polls this week in a referendum that could allow President Pierre Nkurunziza to stay in power until 2034. After a campaign marked by allegations of widespread human rights abuses and hate speech, members of Burundi’s divided and weakened opposition see...

U.S. denounces Burundi political violence ahead of vote (01.05.2018)

The U.S. State Department on Tuesday denounced recent political violence in Burundi ahead of the country’s May 17 referendum to amend its constitution and expressed concerns that the vote to extend its president’s term in office could hurt its democratic institutions.

Talks remain ineffective as Burundi’s crisis continues (25.04.2018)

In early December 2017, a new round of talks led by the East African Community (EAC) was initiated in Arusha, Tanzania, with the aim of reaching an agreement to end the Burundian crisis. … However the mediation process still shows signs of being highly fractured and is yet to achieve tangible...

Burundi MPs approve police searches without warrants (19.04.2018)

The lower house of Burundi's parliament has voted to allow security forces in the politically tense nation to conduct night raids without a search warrant. The draft law changing the criminal code was passed late Wednesday in the lower house, with 90 votes in favour and 22 against after eight hours...

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...

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