'Angel of Burundi' awarded refugee prize cosponsored by UN

A woman known as the “Angel of Burundi” for her dedication to saving and educating children in her war-torn country was last night awarded the 2005 Nansen Refugee Award, presented by a United Nations refugee official and a member of the Belgian royal family at a ceremony in Brussels.

UN calls for peace in Burundi ahead of legislative elections

The United Nations mission in Burundi has called for “an immediate end o all criminal and barbaric acts” which have occurred as the African country prepares for legislative elections early next month.

Burundi: Security Council asks Annan to begin talks on truth commission, special court

With a peace deal starting to take hold in Burundi, the United Nations Security Council today asked Secretary-General Kofi Annan to begin negotiations with the Government and consultations with all Burundian parties on how to implement his recommendations for a truth commission and a special court to prosecute war crimes and human rights violations after decades of ethnic fighting.

UN remains concerned by Burundi's forced repatriation of Rwandan refugees

The head of the United Nations mission in Burundi has joined other senior UN officials expressing ongoing concern following the forced repatriation of thousands of Rwandan refugees from the central African country earlier in the week.

Security Council briefed on proposed truth commission for Burundi

A senior United Nations official today briefed the Security Council on the feasibility of setting up a truth commission in Burundi to establish the facts surrounding the years-long conflict in the central African country and promote peace and establishing a special chamber to bring war criminals to justice.

Burundi, Rwanda violate international refugee obligations, UN says

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan and the UN refugee agency today charged that the Governments of Burundi and Rwanda violated their obligations under international law when some 5,000 Rwandan asylum-seekers in Burundi were sent back to Rwanda on Sunday and Monday.

UN alarmed as Rwanda and Burundi re-label refugees as 'illegal immigrants'

Ignoring pleas from the United Nations refugee agency, Burundi and Rwanda today pressed ahead with an operation to return thousands of Rwandan asylum-seekers to their homeland, following a joint announcement this weekend by both governments that the Rwandans were illegal immigrants rather than refugees.

Fréchette visits UN peacekeepers in southern Burundi

On her second day in Burundi, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Louise Fréchette travelled outside the capital Bujumbura to the southern province of Macamba, where she spoke with UN troops as part of an ongoing tour that aims to prevent sexual exploitation and abuse from occurring again in any peacekeeping operation.

In Burundi, Fréchette reviews steps taken by UN mission to prevent abuse

United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Louise Fréchette arrived today in Burundi, where she is expected to establish contacts with the Government and meet with UN peacekeepers as part of her ongoing tour to raise awareness about the Organization's zero tolerance policy on sexual exploitation.

Fréchette to visit Burundi reviewing UN mission's steps to prevent abuse

Deputy Secretary-General Louise Fréchette is on her way to Burundi from Kosovo, continuing her visits to peacekeeping missions to reinforce Secretary-General Kofi Annan's zero-tolerance policy on sexual exploitation and abuse for United Nations personnel.