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Political actors accuse EAC of helping Burundi Government force refugees to return

A visit to a Burundi refugee camp in Tanzania by delegations and personalities mainly from the EAC was seen by critics as a move to force the refugees to return. Following a visit of different delegations from EAC, AU, Tanzania and Kenya to a Burundi refugee camp in Tanzania, some critics see the move as […] (...)

Rights Groups urge ICC to begin full investigation into human rights violations in Burundi

Nine local human rights organisations urge the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to begin full investigation into gross human rights violations in Burundi to bring perpetrators to justice. Nine local rights groups urge the ICC prosecutor to start full investigation into grave crimes committed in Burundi as soon as possible. The ICC prosecutor […] (...)

ECCAS takes off for peace, prosperity and solidarity

The Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) have adopted a mid-term strategic plan (2016-2020) that aims at the development of the community on priority themes of peace, infrastructures and energy which have been identified as the main challenges for integration. The delegate of the Secretary General says the strategic plan will help the ECCAS […] (...)

UNSG envoy to Burundi called on to help preserve Arusha Agreement and Constitution

Political and non-profit leaders have told the UNSG envoy to Burundi that the international community should persuade Burundi government to uphold the Arusha Peace Agreement and Constitution. Some NGOs and political parties have asked the UNSG Special Envoy to Burundi, Michel Kafando, to ask the UN and international community to try and win over the […] (...)

Five people killed and over 50 injured in grenade attack

Two children, a woman and two men were killed by an unidentified “terrorist” in a grenade attack that also injured more than 50 people in the north-western province of Kayanza on Sunday around 6:30 p.m., the police report “Yesterday around 6h30 p.m. in Gatara Commune, Kayanza province, an unidentified terrorist launched a grenade that killed […] (...)

Assassinations, torture, forced disappearances – no peace in Burundi, say political opponents

In reaction to claims of peace and stability by the government, political opponents say reports of assassinations, torture and forced disappearances, the high number of Burundi refugees and the worsening economic conditions for Burundian citizens show insecurity. The government has hosted a number of regional and international events, and presented them as proof of peace […] (...)

Hosting international events proves peace and security in Burundi, says government

The government says that international official meetings that take place in Burundi prove concerns over peace and security are unfounded. Burundi has hosted this Thursday the conference of African ombudsmen, and the government uses the event as evidence against claims there is no peace and stability in Burundi. Burundi Ombudsman, Edouard Nduwimana, says the most […] (...)

Journalist detained by police, released two days later

A journalist who had been detained by the police and sent to the public prosecution office has been freed this Thursday. Joseph Bananeno, a benevolent journalist of Radio Maria, was arrested by the police on Tuesday over charges of “incitement to public disorder”. Unconfirmed reports say the journalist had shared via whatsapp information about an […] (...)

FIDH attacks “dictatorship” and “repression” of President Nkurunziza’s regime in a report

The International Federation for Human Rights produced the report in collaboration with six Burundi human rights organisations that the government has banned. FIDH report claims President Pierre Nkurunziza and his Cndd-Fdd party’s “obsession to cling on to power at all cost” has pushed the regime into violent “repression” and “dictatorship” against opponents over the last […] (...)

Police dismantle criminal groups in Bujumbura

Criminal groups that had been wreaking havoc in Bujumbura from the beginning of this year have been dismantled, the police say. The police showed to journalists on Monday evening at the headquarters of the National Intelligence Service (SNR) arrested members of “dismantled criminal groups that had been “involved in armed robbery, murder, and theft in […] (...)