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Politicians disagree on end of voters’ registration process

12-31-2019 The National Independent Electoral Commission-CENI has indicated that there is no additional time for the voters’ registration for the 2020 elections. However, some politicians are still asking for it though others are satisfied. Anicet Niyonkuru, chairman of CDP party deplores the measure taken by the National Independent Electoral Commission (...)
Politics

Over 79,000 Burundian refugees returned home from Tanzania within two years

12-05-2019 Dar es Salaam hosted on 29 November the 21st Meeting of the Tripartite Commission for the Voluntary Repatriation of Burundian Refugees from Tanzania. The Delegation of the United Republic of Tanzania was led by Kangi Lugola Minister of Home Affairs, that of Burundi by Pascal Barandagiye, Minister of the (...)
Society

UNCHR concerned over forced repatriation despite government denial

10-30-2019 On October 28th, UNHCR issued a communiqué mounting pressure on Burundian refugees and asylum-seekers to return home – despite assurances from the authorities that the return of refugees will be voluntary and free from intimidation. In addition, no refugee will be forced to return. “We continue to call upon (...)
Security

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 (...)
Human Right

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 (...)
Politics

Repatriation of Burundian refugees at all costs

09-16-2019 Since 9 September, Burundian refugees in Nyarugusu camp in Tanzania have been deprived of markets. The situation was exacerbated by the agreement signed between Tanzania and Burundi to launch a huge campaign of mass return of refugees from October 1st. Markets in Nyarugusu camp have been closed since 9 (...)
Security

Burundi to welcome 2000 refugees from Tanzania per week

08-28-2019 Pascal Barandagiye, Minister of Home Affairs has said the Burundian government expects to receive all Burundian refugees living in Tanzania by 31 December. “We expect to welcome 2000 refugees per week from September to 31 December,” says Minister Barandagiye after undertaking a two-day visit in Nduta and Mtendeli refugee (...)
Politics

CNDD-FDD vows to not tolerate whoever would disrupt peace and security

04-26-2019 On the occasion of the celebration of the 4th anniversary of the nomination of President Pierre Nkurunziza by his party as a candidate for the 2015 presidential elections this April 25 2019, the boss of the ruling CNDD-FDD vows intolerance to whoever would disrupt peace and security. “ CNDD-FDD (...)
Human Right

Makamba administration reassures homeless returnees

04-12-2019 Following the returnees’ concerns over the lack of homes in their localities, Makamba province governor reassures. “We will do our best to help them have their shelters,” says Gad Niyukuri, Makamba Governor. He said it after Burundian refugees who had returned from Nyarugusu camp in Tanzania on 10 April (...)
Security

Burundi government denies involvement in forced repatriation of refugees

08-01-2018 After Burundian refugees in Tanzania expressed their fear about forced repatriation and worries about Burundi government collaboration with Tanzania, the interior ministry rejects the accusation. Térence Ntahiraja, Assistant to the Interior Minister, says Burundi is not informed about the case of forced repatriation of Burundian refugees living in Tanzania. (...)