' Martin Nivyabandi: “Even women leaders have no knowledge of the tools for women empowerment”

Burundi government to sensitize women to empowerment tools

06-01-2018 Burundi human rights minister and UN Women representative in Burundi have said there are different texts, conventions and resolutions that can serve as tools for women empowerment and eradication of gender based violence. However, these tools are unknown to many women leaders. Martin Nivyabandi, minister of human rights says (...)
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ONPGH calls on France not to interfere in Burundian affairs

06-01-2018 “The National Observatory for the Prevention and Eradication of Genocide, War Crimes and Other Human Rights Crimes (ONPGH) condemns the statement made by the French Foreign Affairs Ministry stating that Tutsi ethnic minority is no longer protected in the new Constitution,” said Jean de Dieu Mutabazi, Chairman of ONPGH, (...)
' Jean Baptiste Baribonekeza: “CSOs and NGOs are reluctant to collaborate with the government during the production of reports on human rights”

CNIDH denounces CSOs report submitted to UN Human Rights Council

05-30-2018 Jean Baptiste Baribonekeza, Chairman of the National Commission for Human Rights dismisses the attitude of the civil society organizations that present their reports on human rights in Burundi directly to the UN Human Rights Council without respecting methodological approaches. “Civil society and Non-Governmental Organizations are reluctant to collaborate with (...)
' Melchiade Nzopfabarushe: “My speech was misinterpreted for political reasons”.

Melchiade Nzopfabarushe sentenced to three years in prison over hate speech accusation

05-01-2018 Three years in jail and a BIF 300,000 fine is the sentence that was given to Melchiade Nzopfabarushe this April 30 over accusation of delivering hate remarks. It is 11: 30AM in the central prison of Mpimba , Nzopfabarushe Melchiade tuns up accompanied by his attorney. After 10 min (...)
' Among the 112 MPs present, 90 voted for it while 22 opposed it.

Some MPs concerned about overnight search

04-19-2018 The Minister of Justice presented a bill on the revision of the code of criminal procedure before the National Assembly this April 18, which was afterwards adopted. Among the amendments, the bill provides for an overnight search which has been a bone of contention among some MPs. “The night (...)
' Alain Guillaume Bunyoni: "Burundi will spare no effort to eradicate the consumption of drugs"

Burundi government rejects Human Rights Watch report

04-18-2018 “Opponents are threatened and arbitrarily killed,” reads the report released by Human Rights Watch on human rights situation in Burundi on 17 April. According to this NGO, Burundians suspected of opposing the referendum are mistreated. Human Rights Watch has recorded 19 cases of abuse since 12 December 2017. It (...)
' Martin Nivyabandi: “We did our best to achieve the expected goals”

Human rights ministry satisfied with its achievements despite controversial reviews

04-02-2018 In the presentation of the 2018 first quarterly achievements by the Ministry of Human Rights, Social Affairs and Gender, action plans were executed at 90% while government action plans were carried out at 92, 3% compared with the expected activities . Martin Nivyabandi, Minister of Human Rights, Social Affairs (...)
' Students in class at Ngagara IV Fundamental School

Nine girls killed after being raped in Burundi, children rights watchdog says

03-30-2018 “We have recorded nine cases of girls, victims of sexual violence leading to their death or injury since June 2017,” reads a statement issued on 29 March by the Burundian National Federation of Child Rights Organizations (FENADEB). The majority of victims are students of secondary school, according to the (...)
' BBC correspondent questioned about her March 12 news report

BBC correspondent questioned about her March 12 news report

03-22-2018 After a three hour-court hearing, Judith Basutama, the BBC correspondent stepped out the court. She looks calm and talks quietly with her lawyer. She has appeared in Mukaza High Court this Wednesday 21 March. “The file number is LNP 2025\BA1, an investigative legal file. She was summoned for the (...)
' Judith Basutama, the summoned journalist

Burundi: BBC correspondent summoned for “investigation”

03-21-2018 Judith Basutama, a Burundian correspondent for the BBC, was summoned to appear on Wednesday 21 March, in Mukaza High Court. She was summoned for an” investigation case”. On 13 March, There were rumblings on social media that she was reportedly summoned to appear in the presidential office. She would (...)
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