Son of political opponent arrested in Bujumbura

11-09-2019 The son of LéonceNgendakumana, Deputy Chairman of Sahwanya-FRODEBU party is detained at the Special Research Bureau (BSR) since November 7 and is undergoing interrogation. Mr Ngendakumana believes he was arrested for political reasons. Lambert Bibonimana, was kidnapped in the night of November 7 around 9 p.m. by unidentified people (...)

Parents of victim of torture arrested

10-11-2019 Police officers have arrested in the night of October 9th, the parents of Yvette Iradukunda, a girl beaten on September 22nd by the administrator of Mugongomaga commune of Bujumbura province. The incident took place at Ijenda area. Sources of Rusaka commune in Mwaro province, the native commune of the (...)

Several factors impel Burundians to commit suicide

10-09-2019 Jean Baptiste Nzorironkankuze, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Public Health has said several factors are related to committing suicide in Burundi. They include mental disorders, psychoactive substances, chronic illnesses, loss of work, or financial loss, relational or social loss, lack of social support and feelings of isolation, unemployment… (...)

Rugerinyange corpse found buried in his compound in Kinanira IV

10-04-2019 Jean Marie Vianney Rugerinyange, Senior official in the Ministry of Culture and Sports who went missing since September 30 has been found dead and buried in his compound located in Kinanira IV locality of Muha commune in Bujumbura city this October 4. Exhumation has started in the morning. However, (...)

590 Burundian refugees repatriated from Tanzania

10-04-2019 “590 Burundian refugees have been voluntarily repatriated from Tanzania this October 3,” says Nestor Bimenyimana, Director General in charge of repatriation at the Ministry of the Interior. The process of voluntary repatriation of Burundian refugees sheltered in Tanzania has been ongoing since 2017, he adds. These returnees are accommodated (...)

Corpse discovered in Ngagara, north of Bujumbura

10-03-2019 A dead body was discovered in the morning of October 2nd in Ngagara area, in Ntahangwa commune in the north of Bujumbura city. The victim is called Déo Irakoze, a thirty-year young man from Ijenda area, Mugongomanga commune of Bujumbura province. His body was lying in the gutter of (...)

Congolese people arrested in Kibenga locality of Bujumbura city

10-01-2019 The Ministry of Security and Catastrophe Management says it has arrested at least 20 Congolese people living in Burundi illegally since this Sunday, September 29th, in Kibenga locality of Muha commune in the south of Bujumbura city. Pierre Nkurikiye, Spokesman for the Ministry of Security says the police are (...)

AU Commission condemns attack on AMISOM troops

09-17-2019 Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairman for the African Union Commission strongly condemned the attack perpetrated against the Burundian contingent of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) in Hirshabelle region on 14 September 2019. In a statement issued on 16 September, Moussa Faki Mahamat said the attack caused a number (...)

COI urges that vigilance be maintained on Burundi in run-up to 2020 elections

09-05-2019 “The UN Security Council should keep an eye on Burundi in this pre- electoral period,” said Doudou Diène, chairman of the UN Commission of Inquiry on Burundi (CIO) at a press conference organized in Geneva on September 3. He has said the commission looked into violations and abuses committed (...)

Three young girls beaten in Bwambarangwe

09-04-2019 Joséphine Mpfukamensabe, Vestine Muhawenimana and Alphonsine Niyonsenga, three young girls from the same family aged 22, 18 and 15 respectively have been beaten by Fébronie Niyingabire, Administrator of Bwambarangwe Commune in Kirundo Province in the north of Burundi on 2 September. It was around 2:00 p.m. in front of (...)