Month of Ramadan: Burundian politicians called for tolerance

05-07-2019 The Burundi Muslim Community (COMIBU) calls for political tolerance for the 2020 elections to be free, peaceful, transparent and inclusive. “Politicians should avoid acts that undermine the physical integrity of human beings. They must also make remarks that strengthen social cohesion,” said Cheikh Sadiki Kajandi Abdallah, the representative of (...)

World Islamic League Secretary General appeals for coexistence in diversity

01-16-2019 The Secretary General of the World Islamic League calls on Burundians to foster ethnic and religious diversity and peaceful coexistence in their country. Bin Abdul Karim Al – Issa, Secretary General of the World Islamic League says Burundians should learn to live in harmony despite ethnic and religious differences. (...)

“Eglise vivante” church called on to elect its new representatives

08-21-2018 In the correspondence by the Ministry of the Interior, the government calls on the representatives of « Eglise vivante» church to organize an inclusive general assembly and elect new representatives. “Under Article 29 of the law governing religious denominations, Pastor Edmond Kivuye and Arthémon Simbananiye can no longer represent (...)

National Assembly asks for support from Catholic Church

11-21-2016 The closing of the year of Divine Mercy that was opened by Pope Francis last year on the 8th of December 2015 took place at Mont Sion Gikungu on the 20th of November In Bujumbura. All bishops of the Catholic Church and some government officials notably Pascal Nyabenda, Chairman (...)

UGANDA – 1,500 ex M23 fighters on the run

01-01-2015 Approximately 1,500 former M23 fighters,who were being held in a military camp in Western Uganda have escaped and gone on the run in Uganda, just prior to their scheduled repatriation back to the DRC. The rebels, who feared for their safety if they returned, fled as trucks arrived to (...)

KENYA – Al Jazeera in trouble under the new Kenyan anti-terror bill

12-31-2014 The Kenyan Government has filed an official complaint to Al Jazeera after the news channel aired a documentary alleging widespread government-sponsored violence. The documentary showed men who claimed to be anti-terror officers, and who reported that they killed hundreds of suspects on government orders, without any due process. The (...)

Tanzanian police kill terror suspect

10-25-2014 Tanzanian police shot dead a man suspected of carrying out a series of bombings in Arusha, including attacks targeting a church and a restaurant, where three people died and over 60 were wounded. The suspect was shot dead while trying to escape during a transfer to Dodoma prison on (...)

KENYA-ICC warns Kenya against leaking classified information

10-25-2014 The International Criminal Court (ICC) has warned the Kenyan government against leaking classified information to the media in the case against President Uhuru Kenyatta. The judges in the case say the Kenyan government has not taken the necessary steps to ensure filings remain confidential.In a report released on Tuesday, (...)

DRC-UN diplomat expelled after critical report

10-25-2014 Democratic Republic of Congo has ordered the expulsion of Scott Campbell, director of the United Nations Joint Human Rights Office (UNJHRO) in Congo, a day after the publication of a UN report detailing serious human rights violations by Congolese security forces. The expulsion comes amidst rising crime levels. At (...)

News From the Region

10-19-2014 KENYA- Increase in extrajudicial police killings Kenyan police have carried out at least 176 summary executions this year alone, according to the Kenyan NGO Independent Medico-Legal Unit. Police have become “the number one killer” of Kenyans, IMLU Executive Director Peter Kiama told a press conference in Nairobi last week. (...)