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UN Rights Chief Alarmed By Rape Chants In Burundi

UN Rights Chief Alarmed By Rape Chants In Burundi

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein has expressed outrage at an apparent widespread pattern of rallies in several provinces across Burundi, where young men from the Imbonerakure militia – the youth wing of the ruling CNDD-FDD political party – repeatedly chant a call to impregnate or kill opponents. According to […]

Burundi: Environment Minister Shot Dead In Capital

Burundi: Environment Minister Shot Dead In Capital

Police have arrested a woman in connection to the assassination of a government minister, authorities said. Burundi has witnessed a period of political violence that has left 500 people dead and 300,000 others displaced. Minutes after midnight local time, a gunman shot and killed Burundi’s Environment Minister Emmanuel Niyokuru, police said in a statement on […]

Burundi: Poor Participation of Women Journalists in Political Matters

Burundi: Poor Participation of Women Journalists in Political Matters

The Association of Women Journalists-AFJO has organized this 15 November a workshop to sensitize women in general not to be afraid to provide political information, push media officials to encourage female journalists to work on political issues and urge civil society leaders to advocate for gender mainstream in the media. Agathonique Barakukuza, the chairperson of […]

Burundi: Alarming Figures Of Pregnancies In Schools

Burundi: Alarming Figures Of Pregnancies In Schools

The number of pregnant girls in schools increases year after year. According to a survey conducted by the ministry of public health last year, the figures rose from 877 in 2009 to 2424 in 2015. “The number of pregnant girls in schools continues to increase. Today, the provisional number is already superior to the last […]

U.N. Council Approves Police To Burundi, Several States Abstain

U.N. Council Approves Police To Burundi, Several States Abstain

The United Nations Security Council authorized on Friday the deployment of up to 228 U.N. police to Burundi to monitor the security and human rights situation in the East African country, though four of the 15 members abstained from the vote. More than 450 people have been killed since President Pierre Nkurunziza pursued and won […]

U.N. Security Council Mulls Sending Up To 228 Police To Burundi

U.N. Security Council Mulls Sending Up To 228 Police To Burundi

The United Nations Security Council is considering whether to send up to 228 U.N. police to Burundi to monitor the security and human rights situation in the East African country, where deadly political violence has simmered for more than a year. France circulated a draft resolution to the 15-member council on Friday, seen by Reuters, […]

East Africa: EALA Condemns The Killing of Burundian Legislator Hafsa Mossi

East Africa: EALA Condemns The Killing of Burundian Legislator Hafsa Mossi

The Speaker of the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA), Daniel F. Kidega, has strongly condemned the killing on Wednesday of Burundian representative, MP Hafsa Mossi, by unknown gunmen in Bujumbura. The Speaker “strongly condemned the killing” of the legislator and eulogised the late Mossi as a hard working Member of the Assembly, who was committed […]

‘Fake Calm’ In Burundi As Tension Threatens Return To Violence

‘Fake Calm’ In Burundi As Tension Threatens Return To Violence

After more than a year of turmoil, Burundi is suspended in a “fake calm” with risks of further instability exacerbated by an economic slowdown, regional tensions and destructive ethnic rhetoric, a British parliamentary committee has heard. Human rights and aid experts painted a chilling picture of a state ruled by fear, where authorities have become […]

A Failed Coup and Facebook: The Story of Burundi’s Elections

A Failed Coup and Facebook: The Story of Burundi’s Elections

In April [2015] opponents of [President Pierre Nkurunziza’s] third term began to organise. The ruling party organised two big demonstrations supporting a third term. These were more than counterbalanced by the decision of the Catholic church to oppose the idea, by the creation of the “Stop the Third Term” movement by 15 organisations, and by […]

Burundi Turns To WhatsApp as Political Turmoil Brings Media Blackout

Burundi Turns To WhatsApp as Political Turmoil Brings Media Blackout

Burundi’s year-long crisis has not gone away. It started with President Pierre Nkurunziza’s determination to claim a third term, trampling over the constitutional arrangements that ended a decade-long civil war. Press freedom is a major casualty of the new strife; but the turmoil has also transformed the way in which Burundians get information. For better […]

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