April 17, 2015
by Steven Wildberger
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 ...[read more]
February 12, 2015
by Brittany Felder
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, ...[read more]
February 6, 2015
by Steven Wildberger
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 ...[read more]
November 25, 2014
by Jacqueline Jones
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 ...[read more]
June 5, 2013
by Sydney Normil
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 ...[read more]
October 11, 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo
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 ...[read more]
June 28, 2012
by Sung Un Kim
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 ...[read more]
November 22, 2010
by Dwyer Arce
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' ...[read more]
July 22, 2010
by Hillary Stemple
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 ...[read more]
April 16, 2010
by Andrew Wood
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... ...[read more]

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