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Burundi president says coup planner to stand trial
May 21, 2015
The office of Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza announced Wednesday that the men who plotted last week's failed coup will stand trial. The 18 suspects, including three army and police generals, will be judged under the country's penal code. The coup began when leader Major General Godefroid Niyomb....... [more]

Burundi authorities arrest military officers for coup attempt
May 15, 2015
Burundi authorities arrested several military generals Friday after an unsuccessful coup attempt and said the suspects will face a military court for mutiny charges. Maj. Gen. Godefroid Niyombare announced the coup on Wednesday. President Pierre Nkurunziza was in Tanzania at the time the coup was an....... [more]

UN chief calls on Burundi parties to remain calm after attempted coup
May 14, 2015
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday urgently called on all parties in Burundi to "exercise calm and restraint" amid reports of a coup taking place in the Burundian capital. The coup reportedly took place after President Pierre Nkurunziza left for a summit intended to resolve the crisis. Wi....... [more]

UN agency: Burundi violence driving thousands to flee
May 9, 2015
A United Nations body responsible for protecting displaced people on Friday warned that many of the promising developments made in recent refugee history in Africa are at risk of being undone as over 50,000 people have fled Burundi in response to the start of the pre-election violence that began las....... [more]

Burundi police arrest opposition leader for insurrection after meeting with African ministers
May 7, 2015
Burundi authorities arrested political opposition leader Audifax Ndabitoreye on Wednesday shortly after he met with East African Community (EAC) ministers in the capital city of Bujumbura. Ndabitoreye was arrested for insurrection, and the police displayed an arrest warrant to journalists as he was....... [more]

Burundi court rules president can seek third term
May 5, 2015
Burundi's Constitutional Court ruled Tuesday that President Pierre Nkurunziza can seek a third term in office without violating the country's constitution, which states that presidents shall be universally elected into office for a term of five years and can renew the term once. Nkurunziza was appoi....... [more]

UN rights office concerned over Burundi suppression of free speech ahead of elections
May 3, 2015
The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) expressed concern Friday over actions by Burundi authorities ahead of its upcoming presidential elections. OHCHR Spokesman Rupert Colville noted in particular the detention of hundreds of people in overcrowded prisons, the use of live a....... [more]

UN rights chief: Burundi must choose democracy in series of upcoming elections
April 17, 2015
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said Thursday that the upcoming elections in Burundi place the nation at a critical moment in history, with an opportunity to choose free and fair elections to "strengthen and mature Burundi's still fragile democracy, and enable an improvem....... [more]

HRW: Burundi forces committing extrajudicial executions
February 12, 2015
Burundian National Defense Forces and police have committed at least 47 extrajudicial executions following a confrontation with an armed group in Cibitoke, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Thursday. HRW also said that armed members of the Burundian youth force, known as the Imbonerakure, participated....... [more]

UN: Serious concerns about freedom of expression in Burundi
February 6, 2015
The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Friday expressed concerns about the exercise of freedom of expression in Burundi following the arrest of Bob Rugurika, director of Radio Public Africaine (RPA). Rugurika was arrested on January 20 for refusing to disclose....... [more]

UN officials concerned over activists rights in Burundi
November 25, 2014
An official for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCR) on Tuesday stated that human rights activists in Burundi have been the subjects of threats and defamation for their current role within the state. According to Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defender....... [more]


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