' Ferdinand Simbaruhije: “It is a kind of sexual corruption observed in different schools”

Child Rights Watchdog deplores increasing ill-treatment of school girls in Burundi

06-22-2018 Ferdinand Simbaruhije, Secretary General of the national federation of associations advocating children’s rights in Burundi-FENADEB says the ill-treatment of young school girls is increasing day by day in the country. He refers to the recent case of a school girl who was seriously wounded with a machete on Nyamiyaga (...)
' Melchiade Nzopfabarushe before judges in Mpimba Central Prison

Melchiade Nzopfabarushe release met with criticism

06-22-2018 Melchiade Nzopfabarushe, an influential member of the ruling CNDD-FDD was released on 20 June after he was accused of undermining internal security and threatening people. Bujumbura high court had sentenced him to 3 years in jail and fined him BIF 600,000 after he was charged with hate speech against (...)
' Gogo Hukportie: “32,345 Burundians have returned from Tanzanian refugee camps since April”.

“Over 1000 Burundians arrive from Tanzania Refugee Camps per week” says UNHCR

06-20-2018 In a voluntary repatriation process organized by UNHCR in partnership with Burundi and Tanzania, more than 32 thousand Burundians from Tanzanian refugee camps have already come back to the country since April 2018. This was said in a press conference given by Gogo Hukportie, UNHCR representative in Burundi this (...)
' Jeremy Hopkins: “Parents have no excuse for depriving children of their rights”

200 thousand children to be registered in Burundi

06-15-2018 At least 200,000 children including the repatriated, displaced and vulnerable are expected to be registered in a campaign launched by the Government of Burundi in partnership with UNICEF this June 13, 2018. Jean Bosco Maneno, Director General of Territory Administration at the Ministry of Interior, has said the campaign (...)
' Children selling snacks at Buyenzi City Market

Burundi: Children engage in child labor due to poverty and ignorance

06-13-2018 Children in Burundi are involved in different forms of child labor. The testimonies of some of them and the reaction of a researcher who has conducted a study on child labor highlight a level of poverty and ignorance as the main causes of child labor in the country. It (...)
' 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 (...)
' Mutabazi-jean-de-Dieu

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 (...)
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