ECOSOC agrees to form advisory group on conflict-torn Burundi

The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), holding its annual meeting in Geneva, has adopted a resolution to establish an Ad Hoc Advisory Group on Burundi as part of its bid to assist African countries emerging from conflict.

UN withdraws staff from Burundi capital, continues relief work through partners

Citing security concerns, the United Nations has withdrawn its nonessential staff from Bujumbura after days of deadly clashes between Government forces and rebels in Burundi's capital have left scores of people dead and displaced thousands.

Burundi: displaced civilians begin returning home amid capital's 'relative calm'

The United Nations reported "relative calm" in Bujumbura today as civilians who have fled the Burundian capital over the past week amid fierce fighting between government forces and rebels began to return to their homes.

Burundi: shelling continues in capital, as fighting drives thousands from their homes

Amid growing concern at the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Burundi, with massive numbers of people being driven from their homes by fighting in the capital Bujumbura, the United Nations reported today that a pause in the shelling overnight was short lived and clashes between government forces and rebels had resumed by mid-morning.

Security Council condemns latest wave of rebel violence in Burundi

Strongly condemning a series of deadly rebel attacks in and around the Burundian capital of Bujumbura, the United Nations Security Council today expressed deep concern over the latest resumption of hostilities and the deterioration of the humanitarian situation in the troubled central African nation.

Burundi: deadly clashes between Government, rebel forces spread deeper into capital

Mortar fire has rocked the Burundian capital, Bujumbura, as the fierce fighting between rebels and government forces that has left up to 20 civilians dead and displaced thousands more since Monday spreads into densely populated areas within the city, the United Nations reported today.

Senior UN official appeals to Burundi conflict parties to respect civilian rights

A senior United Nations rights official today urged the fighting parties in Burundi to negotiate a peaceful settlement in light of the suffering of the civilian population and appealed to the belligerents to respect the right to life, security and physical integrity.