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Jacques Nshimirimana: ORA Child Protection Award Recipient

10-18-2016 German organizations of children’s rights assembled in ORA Kinderhilfe International coalition designated Jacques Nshimirimana, the chairman of the Federation of the associations defending the children rights-Fenadeb as the winner of the “ORA Child Protection Award” for his strong commitment to the rights of Burundian children. Floreck Matthias, the chairman (...)
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Treat alleged coup-plotters fairly, rights group demands

10-07-2016 Eight Soldiers and fifteen policemen detained in Ngozi prison for three weeks. They are accused of plotting a coup. It started with a tweet by Pierre Nkurikiye, police spokesperson, on 14 September. He announced: “At 3:30 p.m., warrant officer Eddy Claude Nyongera (Army Staff-Transmission/Burundian army) killed himself with a (...)
' Gouvernement

Burundi withdraws from the ICC

10-07-2016 The Council of Ministers met this Thursday in Gitega in central Burundi to consider Burundi’s membership of the International Criminal Court. Burundi ratified the Rome Statute, giving the war crimes court jurisdiction over the country, in 2004. The current crisis began when President Nkurunziza officially announced his candidacy for (...)
' Me-Dieudonné-Bashirahishize

EAC court of justice not to rule on Nkurunziza’s third term case

09-30-2016 The East African Community (EAC) Court of Justice found the complaints about President Pierre Nkurunziza’s third term unfounded. The EAC’s civil society collective, EACSOF, made the complaints but the court said it cannot rule on a case already decided by the local courts. Burundi’ government represented by the Lawyer (...)
' Bujumbura Accuses UNHCR of not updating Database

Bujumbura Accuses UNHCR of not updating Database

09-28-2016 UNHCR says over 300,000 Burundians fled to neighboring countries, the number the interior minister rejects, stating that the majority have returned home “So far, about 100,000 Burundian refugees have willingly come back home from the neighboring countries”, said Térence Ntahiraja, Assistant to the Interior Minister. Most of them are (...)
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Bujumbura dismisses UN report on Burundi as “political”

09-23-2016 On 22 September, Burundi’s Ministry in charge of Human Rights slammed a report by the United Nations as unverified and lacking credibility. “The UN experts collected unverified information and did not mention sources for their report’s credibility”, deplores Martin Nivyabandi, the Minister of National Solidarity, Gender and Human Rights. (...)
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Damning UN Report over Burundi Human Rights Deterioration

09-22-2016 The final report of the United Nations Independent Investigation in Burundi (UNIIB) published on 20 September indicates that UNIIB documented hundreds of cases of summary executions, targeted assassinations, arbitrary detention, torture and sexual violence. UNIIB conducted a total of 227 interviews, in some cases with various parties. The interviews (...)
' Extension of restrictive measures against four Burundians

Extension of restrictive measures against four Burundians

09-21-2016 This Tuesday, 20 September 2016, the European Council renewed until 31 October 2017 restrictive measures against four people “whose activities were seen as undermining democracy or hampering the search for a political solution to the crisis that has rocked Burundi since the past few months. Their activities include acts (...)

Pierre Claver Mbonimpa: Recipient of the “2016 Alison Des Forges Award”

09-02-2016 Human Rights Watch’s Alison Des Forges Award celebrates the valor of individuals who put their lives in danger to protect the dignity and rights of others. According to Human Rights Watch, Pierre Claver Mbonimpa has shown tireless dedication to the human rights cause as one of Burundi’s most prominent (...)
' justice zhome

Brussels Bar is concerned about the disbarment of Burundian lawyers

08-30-2016 In a press release issued this Friday, the Brussels Bar and its Human Rights Institute express their indignation against political authorities’ decision to dismiss four lawyers from the Bujumbura bar. According to that declaration, Armel Niyongere, Vital Nshimirimana, Lambert Nigarura and Dieudonne Bashirahishize are threatened with the ultimate sanction (...)