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  • Burundi: Govt Rejects UN Accusations of Crimes Against Humanity

    BURUNDI, 2017/09/11 he UN is accusing Burundi's government of severe human rights violations. Burundi says it is the target of an international conspiracy. Is this case headed for the International Criminal Court in The Hague? Two plainclothes men threatened to break down her door, a young woman from Burundi told Deutsche Welle. The woman, who asked to remain anonymous, remembers being so afraid she told her young daughters and nieces to hide under their beds.
  • Burundi to receive 15,000 repatriated refugees from Tanzania:

    BURUNDI, 2017/09/05 Burundi is to receive over 15,000 refugees from Tanzania this week as part of the ongoing repatriation of Burundian refugees who had fled the country's 2015 crisis, a senior government official said Monday. A tripartite conference held on Aug. 31 in Tanzania, which brought together representatives from Burundi, Tanzania and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) decided that the initial batch of Burundian refugees from Tanzania should arrive in Burundi on Thursday this week, said Terence Ntahiraja, the assistant to the Burundian home affairs and civic education minister.
  • Bill Gates sees US likely to maintain aid levels for Africa

    BOTSWANA, 2017/08/15 The US will probably maintain its current levels of aid to Africa despite President Donald Trump’s proposals to slash funding, according to Bill Gates, the world’s richest man. Trump said in May his government would no longer allocate funding for family planning, a move that has the potential to undermine aid programs in the poorest nations in the world. However, with Congress in control of the budget, it’s unlikely that all cuts proposed by the Trump government will go ahead next year, Gates said in an interview in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s commercial capital.
  • Activism And The State: How African Civil Society Responds To Repression

    BURUNDI, 2017/07/09 African citizens, activists and organisations are finding new and innovative ways to resist, organise and mobilise in the face of mounting restrictions on their rights to freedom of expression, assembly and association. Restrictions on civic freedoms are increasing worldwide, but are being acutely felt in African nations. According to the CIVICUS Monitor – a constantly updated tool rating nations’ fundamental civic freedoms from open to closed – 43 African nations fall under the bottom three categories of closed, repressed and obstructed with only two African nations rated as open. In most African nations, freedom of expression, assembly and association are stifled by national and non-national actors through the use of restrictive legislation, policies, and judicial persecution inclunding physical attacks, threats and detention of activists and journalists. While these restrictions generally occur at the same time as civil society groups speak out in direct opposition to public policy, there is strong evidence that restrictions increase during politically sensitive periods, like elections and prior to constitutional changes on term limits of political leaders.
  • Uganda hosts new Burundi peace talks

    BURUNDI, 2016/01/10 Burundi’s government has demanded the withdrawal of key opposition figures if peace talks, restarted in Uganda on Monday, are to continue. Initial deputy chairman of the country’s ruling CNDD-FDDD party, Victor Burikukiye, speaking in Entebbe today said: “I would like to mention that if those who participated in the [May 2015] coup are here, we shall not continue with the talks.”
  • Resumption of Burundi talks offers chance for peace

    BURUNDI, 2016/01/03 Negotiations aimed at ending the Burundi crisis resumed in Uganda on Monday with rival parities expressing commitment to the process. Chief Mediator of the talks, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, told the rival parties that the East African region cannot allow a repeat of the 1994 Rwanda genocide anywhere in the region. He urged the rival parties to expeditiously conclude the talks so that the suffering of the people in Burundi can end. "I appeal to you, the two sides to sit down and have a political solution so that you save our people who are going through that suffering," Museveni said here 40 km south of the capital Kampala.
  • Burundi: UN Proposes Measures to Prevent Mass Atrocities

    BURUNDI, 2015/12/15 The international community with the United Nations Organisation taking the lead, has opted for a contingency plan and emergency measures to stop the carnage in Burundi caused by the continues rise of violence. The United Nations Security Council this weekend adopted a three-option resolution contained in a letter UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon addressed to the council. The UN resolution came amidst heightened violence in the capital, Bujumbura. Burundi's army spokesman, Colonel Gaspard Baratuza summed up the level of atrocities at the same time as he said, "The final toll of the attacks yesterday (Friday, December 11) is 79 enemies killed, 45 captured and 97 weapons seized, and on our side eight soldiers and policemen were killed and 21 wounded", news agency reports quoted. He further said that "Fighting continued into the night and the corpses found in these neighbourhoods this morning are enemies." Reports say at least 240 people have by presently died in the violence that erupted in April 2015 and additional than 200,000 have fled the country.
  • The Effects Of Extending Presidential Terms In Africa: The Case Of Burundi, Uganda And Rwanda

    BURUNDI, 2015/11/26 Attempts to extend presidential terms in nations of the Great Lakes region such as Burundi, Uganda and Rwanda are fueling political and social tensions that could well reignite ethnically-based violence in a part of Africa with a history of genocide. The tendency for African leaders to extend or prolong their terms in office seems to be slowly regaining momentum. Between April and November 2015, the Great Lakes region is once again at the brink of turmoil, brought about by leaders attempting to extend their terms in office in Burundi, Rwanda and Uganda. Those who hold political office seem to have vested interests in maintaining the status quo. Paul Kagame of Rwanda, in power since the end of the Rwandan genocide in 1994, received a green light from the Senate to remain in power for an extra term or additional. Yoweri Museveni, in office since 1986 at the same time as he emerged as the victor in the Ugandan civil war, has secured a prolonged remain and is biding to extend his term again through constitutional amendment. In April 2015, Pierre Nkurunziza of Burundi launched a controversial bid to extend his remain to three consecutive terms, triggering massive protests. This culture poses a threat to peace, human rights and democracy in the region, but can still be averted for the better good.
  • Burundi: Government Says No Risk Of Genocide

    BURUNDI, 2015/11/17 “Let us say no to all the tongues that preach curses for our country,” said President Pierre Nkurunziza, in an intervention at a prayer celebration, in a bid to set aside fears of the risk of a genocide in the country, sparked by opposition activists. Though at no time pronouncing the actual term, Nkurunziza urged the country’s citizens to “not remain prisoners of the completed”, insisting on “breaking the cycle of violence that marked the history of our country”. The exiled opposition activist Marguerite Barankitse instead spoke explicitly of genocide and the government has requested her extradition. Barankitse in particular stressed that some terms used recently by the president of the senate and President Nkurunziza were identical to those used to mobilize those responsible for the massacre of Tutsis and moderate Hutus during the 1994 Rwandan genocide.
  • Burundi risks spiralling into a "catastrophe' .

    BURUNDI, 2015/08/19 The crisis in strife-torn Burundi risks spiralling into a "catastrophe' for the country and the wider region, the African Union warned on Sunday, next the killing of a senior military official amid escalating unrest. Unidentified gunmen killed Colonel Jean Bikomagu, a former chief of staff, outside his home inBujumbura on Saturday. It was the second high-profile assassination this month as the fallout from the re-election of President Pierre Nkurunziza worsened in the central African country. Nkurunziza was declared winner of elections held in July, for a third term that both opponents and Western powers said violated the constitution and provisions of a peace transaction which ended a 1993-2005 civil war between the Hutu majority and Tutsi minority.