May 21, 2015
by Dominic Yobbi
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 ...[read more]
May 15, 2015
by Emelina Perez
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 ...[read more]
May 14, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
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. ...[read more]
May 7, 2015
by Bradley McAllister
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 ...[read more]
May 5, 2015
by Emelina Perez
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 ...[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]
April 26, 2009
by Devin Montgomery
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 ...[read more]
January 15, 2007
by Leslie Schulman
Former Burundi President Domitien Ndayizeye and four others were acquitted by the Supreme Court of Burundi Monday on charges of attempting a coup and planning to assassinate current President Pierre Nkurunziza. Two other accused, Alain Mugabarabona and Tharcisse Ndayishimiye, were convicted and ...[read more]
November 9, 2006
by Gabriel Haboubi
The president of Burundi admitted Thursday that instances of torture and brutality by police and members of the military do sometimes occur in the country, but told reporters in Paris that the perpetrators of those ‘isolated’ incidents are arrested approximately 85% of the time. ...[read more]
October 25, 2006
by Holly Manges Jones
Human Rights Watch (HRW) Wednesday accused agents of the Burundi National Intelligence Service of widespread abuses since the new government came into power, including killings and torture. HRW contended in a new report that President Pierre Nkurunziza has given agents at all levels authority to ...[read more]

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