Conflict must end in Africa's Great Lakes area for human rights to improve - UN

A United Nations-sponsored conference on peace, security and stability in Africa's Great Lakes region is an initiative towards improving human rights observance, but the continued clashes are obstacles to that end, a report to a UN General Assembly committee says.

Chief of UN refugee agency makes nine-day tour of eastern and central Africa

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Ruud Lubbers, is in Burundi today on the first leg of a nine-day, four-nation tour of eastern and central Africa.

Security Council shows support for recent moves towards peace in Burundi

Members of the United Nations Security Council today backed recent moves towards ending the civil strife that has plagued Burundi for a decade.

Secretary-General welcomes Burundi protocol as move towards peace

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today welcomed the signing of a protocol between Burundi's transitional government and the country's largest rebel group, the CNDD/FDD (le Conseil National pour la Défense de la Démocratie/Force pour la Défense de la Démocratie).