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Burundi passes media law restricting journalistic freedom
June 5, 2013
Burundi lawmakers passed a media law on Monday that restricts journalistic freedom by limiting topics that can be reported on and reducing the protection afforded to sources. The bill prohibits stories that could affect Burundi's "national unity; public order and security; morality and good conduct....... [more]

Federal appeals court upholds immunity for Rwanda president
October 11, 2012
The US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit on Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit against Rwandan President Paul Kagame alleging he ordered the killings of the former presidents of Rwanda and Burundi. The lawsuit was filed by the widows of Juvenal Habyarimana, the former president of Rwanda, and Cyprie....... [more]

Burundi releases prisoners to address overcrowded prisons
June 28, 2012
Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza on Thursday announced that the government will release prisoners in order to address the overcrowding in national prisons. At the end of May the number of prisoners was around 10,000 detained in 11 prisons that had a total capacity of only 3,500, according to a hu....... [more]

Death penalty abolished in Burundi
November 22, 2010
On November 22, 2008, the parliament of Burundi voted in favor of laws abolishing the death penalty in the country. The elimination of the death penalty in Burundi was a requirement for establishing a UN-led truth and reconciliation committee in the country. The commission came as part of Burundi's....... [more]

Rights group ranks Burundi as most corrupt East-African country
July 22, 2010
A report released Thursday by Transparency International (TI) named Burundi as the most corrupt East-African nation, with a corruption index of 36.7 percent. Also cited by TI for having high rates of corruption were Uganda, with a rate of 33 percent, Kenya at 31.9 percent and Tanzania at 28.6 percen....... [more]

Continued support for capital punishment leaves US on wrong side of history
April 16, 2010
Elizabeth Zitrin: The United States of America, proud of its commitment to fairness and justice, is being left behind on one of the most important international human rights issues of our age. We are way behind the curve. Surpassed in human rights by, most recently, Togo and Burundi. The U....... [more]

Rwanda report finds Hutus responsible for 1994 killing that sparked genocide
January 11, 2010
The Rwandan government released a report Monday concluding that the 1994 assassination of then-president Juvenal Habyarimana was the work of Hutu extremists. An independent committee of experts found that Hutu extremists, including members of the president's own family, were opposed to the 1993....... [more]

Burundi urged to punish perpetrators of human rights violations during civil war
August 14, 2009
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Thursday urged the government of Burundi to hold accountable those responsible for human rights violations during the country's 16-year armed conflict. HRW released the statement on the fifth anniversary of the Gatumba Massacre, in which more than 150 Congolese refug....... [more]

Burundi urged to repeal law criminalizing homosexuality
April 26, 2009
Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and 60 other groups on Friday urged the Burundian government to repeal a new law criminalizing homosexuality in the country. The law was promulgated by President Pierre Nkurunziza on April 22, and subjects those found guilty of engaging in a homosexual relat....... [more]

Burundi abolishes death penalty, criminalizes homosexuality
November 22, 2008
The parliament of Burundi voted Saturday in favor of laws abolishing the death penalty and criminalizing homosexuality in the country. The elimination of the death penalty in Burundi was a requirement for establishing a UN-led truth and reconciliation committee and tribunal in the country. Gay right....... [more]

Burundi colonel sentenced to death for 2006 killings
October 23, 2008
A Burundi military court Thursday sentenced Colonel Vital Bangirinama to death for his role in the 2006 killings of 31 civilians in Muyinga province. Human rights groups, which had previously criticized the Burundi government for not actively prosecuting its own military officers for war crimes, app....... [more]




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