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Burundi's new cabinet includes two under Western sanctions over rights abuses (29.06.2020)

New Burundi President Evariste Ndayishimiye unveiled a 15-member cabinet including two ministers who are under U.S. or European sanctions over their alleged role in violently crushing street protests.

Burundi picks regime hardliner as Prime Minister (24.06.2020)

Burundi's national assembly on Tuesday approved the nomination of Alain-Guillaume Bunyoni, a hardliner under U.S. sanctions for his alleged role in political repression, as the country’s prime minister. Bunyoni, who will fill the new position of head of government created in the 2018 constitution,...

Burundi's incoming president vows to unite nation isolated over rights abuses (18.06.2020)

Burundi’s new president, Evariste Ndayishimiye, promised on Thursday to unite a country that has been cut off by aid donors due to rampant human rights abuses, after he was sworn in early following the sudden death of his predecessor.

President Pierre Nkurunziza dies at age 55 (09.06.2020)

Nkurunziza's death comes just weeks before he was due to officially step down following Evariste Ndayishimiye's electoral victory last month. A former army general, Ndayishimiye became the president-elect after winning the candidacy for Nkurunziza's ruling party, the Hutu nationalist CNDD-FDD.

Burundi opposition leader files case contesting presidential vote (29.05.2020)

Burundian opposition leader Agathon Rwasa filed on Thursday a case at the constitutional court challenging last week’s presidential election outcome, saying he had evidence of fraud.

Tough presidency awaits Evariste Ndayishimiye (25.05.2020)

Burundi's newly elected president is taking over a divided country from former strongman Pierre Nkurunziza. Can Evariste Ndayishimiye succeed where his predecessor failed?

Burundi election commission says Ndayishimiye new president (24.05.2020)

Burundi's election commission declared the governing party's candidate, Evariste Ndayishimiye, the winner of the country's presidential election amid accusations of rigging by the leading opposition challenger.

Burundi voting ends in calm despite fraud allegation (21.05.2020)

Voting in Burundi’s presidential election passed calmly on Wednesday despite simmering political violence, the coronavirus pandemic and the opposition accusing the authorities of fraud.

Burundi election: Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp blocked (20.05.2020)

Burundi has blocked social media platforms on election day as voters choose a leader to replace long-serving president Pierre Nkurunziza. The BBC has confirmed that Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter are not accessible.

Burundi hopes to usher in democratic transition after 15 years of Nkurunziza's rule (20.05.2020)

Burundi is holding its first competitive presidential election since a 1993 civil war, with President Pierre Nkurunziza stepping down after 15 years in power. But political analysts and rights groups say few Burundians expect the vote, which has already been marred by violence and rights abuses, to...

AU and UN appeal for ‘stable and peaceful environment’ for Burundi elections (17.05.2020)

Ahead of presidential and local elections in Burundi on Wednesday, the African Union (AU) Commission and the United Nations (UN) urged the authorities to provide a safe and secure environment for citizens to cast their votes. In a joint statement issued on Sunday, the partners said they have been...

Burundi expels national WHO head during election campaign (14.05.2020)

Burundi is expelling the national head of the World Health Organisation (WHO) during a presidential election campaign where politicians have pressed ahead with large rallies despite the risk from the coronavirus pandemic.

Burundi elections - what's at stake and what to expect (30.04.2020)

On 20 May 2020, Burundians head to the polls to elect a new president. Incumbent Pierre Nkurunziza has promised to step aside after 15 years in office. The ruling party has selected an army general, Evariste Ndayishimiye, as its candidate.

Burundi moves ahead with May election amid coronavirus outbreak (28.04.2020)

The race to become Burundi's next president is officially underway as authorities proclaim God will protect citizens from the novel coronavirus, which has already infected 15 people in the central African nation and caused the death of one other. Seven candidates launched campaigns Monday, with...

General election in Burundi this month still on (18.04.2020)

There has been no indication so far that Burundi will cancel or delay election campaigns or the general election scheduled for later this month. … Politicians in Burundi have backed the government's decision to move on with the campaigns and general elections to avoid a political crisis.

A first step toward reform: ending Burundi’s forced contribution system (08.04.2020)

As May elections approach, Burundi’s ruling party says it has stopped demanding payments from citizens to finance the polls. But the confiscatory practice persists. Bujumbura should move decisively to halt it as a prelude to wider-ranging improvement of governance in the country.

Complaint filed with UN over Burundi 'reprisals' on lawyers (20.03.2020)

A legal complaint against Burundi was filed with a UN rights body on Thursday, over punitive actions taken against lawyers and activists who cooperated with a UN review of the country's rights record.

Burundi election countdown amid ‘deteriorating’ human rights situation (10.03.2020)

Two months ahead of Burundi’s planned local and presidential elections, senior UN-appointed independent rights investigators have urged the Government to reopen the “democratic, civil and political space” there.

Killings, arrests as elections draw near in Burundi (26.02.2020)

Burundi’s government said on Tuesday that it killed at least 22 “wrongdoers” in the outskirts of the capital, Bujumbura, in violence that appeared to be linked to upcoming presidential elections.

Burundi opposition party picks Agathon Rwasa to run for president (16.02.2020)

Rwasa will run in the upcoming polls against army General Evariste Ndayishimiye, an ally of Nkurunziza who was chosen last month by the ruling CNDD-FDD party to be its candidate.

Burundi's ruling party picks presidential candidate for May election (27.01.2020)

Ruling party CNDD-FDD has announced that Secretary-General Evariste Ndayishimiye will be its candidate for the presidential election slated for May. … News of his choice has galvanized members of the ruling party who say that he is the right candidate to take the helm after President Pierre...

Burundi president to get $530,000 golden parachute (22.01.2020)

The parliament of Burundi has voted to pay one billion francs ($530,000; £400,00) to President Pierre Nkurunziza as he prepares to leave office. … The MPs also proposed Mr Nkurunziza be elevated to the title of “Supreme leader” and “Champion of patriotism”.

EU parliament condemns rights crackdown in Burundi ahead of 2020 election (16.01.2020)

The European parliament has passed a resolution condemning Burundi for restricting freedom of expression and violating human rights ahead of elections due in May this year.

More than 4,000 mass graves uncovered (14.01.2020)

More than 4,000 mass graves have been found in Burundi following an investigation by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission into conflicts since independence in 1962. The commission, set up in 2018 to shed light on ethnic tensions, says it has identified 142,505 victims. … Commission chairperson...

Burundi's exiled main opposition alliance plans to participate in 2020 vote (16.12.2019)

[…] A recent announcement … took many politicians by surprise. On Wednesday, the alliance's executive secretary, Anicet Niyonkuru, arrived in the capital, Bujumbura, from Brussels, Belgium, along with 15 other opposition politicians who have lived in exile the past four years. Niyonkuru said...

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...

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