Lawyers of Iwacu news reporters appeal to Ntahangwa appeal Court

11-05-2019 Lawyers of the four news reporters of Iwacu Press Group and their driver detained for «complicity in undermining the state internal security ” have appealed this Monday, November 4, to Ntahangwa Appeal Court in Bujumbura City. The appeal file is to reconsider the decision made by the Judge’s Council (...)

First convoy of Burundian refugees to be repatriated from Tanzania postponed

10-02-2019 “The lists of Burundian refugees to be repatriated from Tanzania were not yet ready for October 1st. and the first convoy is therefore postponed to October 3rd,” says Nestor Bimenyimana, Director General of the repatriation and rehabilitation department in the Ministry of Home Affairs. On August 23, the Burundian (...)

Burundi National Human Rights Commission says it faces shortage of transport means

10-01-2019 “There is still a long way to go to improve our performance. We face problems of means of transport to conduct activities on the field, “said Sixte Vigny Nimuraba, chairman of the Independent National Commission for Human Rights (CNIDH) at the end of a four-day training workshop for commissioners (...)

HRC42: Human Rights situation is alarming despite Burundi government’s denial

09-18-2019 The UN Commission of Inquiry on Burundi has presented its briefing report in the 42nd session of the UN Human Rights Council. Participants deplore the alarming situation within the country though Burundian government denies it. Doudou Diène, Chairman of the Commission of Inquiry on Burundi has said the international (...)

Commission of Inquiry on Burundi calls for vigilance

09-09-2019 According to the United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Burundi, eight risk factors common to criminal atrocities and deterioration of the human rights situation exist in Burundi, a few months before the 2020 elections. At a press conference held on Wednesday, September 4, that commission chaired by Doudou Diène (...)

Justice Ministry determined to eliminate corruption in justice department

09-05-2019 While responding to parliamentarians’ questions this Wednesday, the Minister of Justice has said the ministry is committed to punishing seriously corrupt judges. Aimée Laurentine Kanyana, Burundian Minister of Justice has said the ministry works hard to identify corrupt judges. “Citizens also help the ministry by showing cases of judges (...)

Bujumbura Bar Association denounces corruption in justice

09-02-2019 In a workshop held on August 30th, Bujumbura Bar Association has said corruption is the main challenge that Burundian lawyers face in their daily job. “Some of our lawyers and judges are corrupt,” says Jean de Dieu Muhuzenge, President of Bujumbura Bar Association. He says there are lawyers who (...)

Federation defending child rights deplores killing of children

08-09-2019 Isidore Nteturuye, National Coordinator of the Federation of Associations involved in defending child rights –FENADEB says three children were victims of mistreatment. On 8 August, a mother stabbed her one-week-old kid in Busoni commune of Kirundo province in the north of Burundi. On 6 August, a man decapitated a (...)

Burundian prisons are overcrowded, Direction of prisons says

07-16-2019 In the context of the celebration of Mandela Day, the General Direction of Penitentiaries in Burundi-DGAP has said jails are overcrowded compared to the number of prisoners they should receive. Over 10,000 people are detained in Burundian prisons. “In Burundi we have 11 prisons, two detention centers for small (...)

Burundi Human Rights Ministry rejects report by UN investigators

07-05-2019 The Minister of Human Rights rejects the report on human rights violations in the country presented on July 2nd, 2019 by the UN Commission in charge of investigating on Burundi “The issue of human rights in Burundi concerns Burundians,” says Martin Nivyabandi, Minister of Human Rights and Social Integration. (...)