New Burundian Government faces challenge of high voter expectation, says UN official

The newly elected Burundian Government, led by former rebels, faces the challenges of voter expectations for an improved economy, the reduction of high unemployment and an end to Tutsi-Hutu ethnic strife and persistent impunity for massacres and military coups, a senior United Nations official said today.

Annan congratulates Burundi on installing newly elected, post-transitional president

Today’s inauguration of newly elected President Pierre Nkurunziza as the first post-transitional head of state in Burundi after years of ethnic conflict, shows the determination of the Central African country’s people to conclude the unprecedented transitional process successfully, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said.

Annan congratulates Burundi on election of new post-transitional president

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan congratulated Burundi on the election today of Pierre Nkurunziza as the first post-transitional President of this tiny Central African country that has been torn by decades of ethnic war.

New deal paves way home for Burundians in Rwanda – UN refugee agency

Thousands of Burundian refugees could be on their way home from Rwanda under a tripartite agreement on voluntary repatriation signed yesterday by the United Nations refugee agency and the two governments.

Burundi: UN refugee agency marks first anniversary of Gatumba camp massacre

With Bible readings, tearful accounts of horror and calls by United Nations refugee representatives for the punishment of the perpetrators, survivors commemorated the first anniversary of the massacre of 150 Congolese in Burundi at a sombre ceremony in a Burundian refugee camp over the weekend.

With peace in Burundi, UN agency sees dramatic increase in refugee returns

The UN refugee agency today reported a "dramatic increase" in the return of Burundian refugees from Tanzania and expects more than a six-fold surge this month over June as citizens of the small Central African country, wracked by over a decade of civil war, gain confidence in the peace process following elections.

UN mission in Burundi observes first anniversary of massacre

The United Nations Operation in Burundi (ONUB) today observed the first anniversary of a massacre of more than 150 people from eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) at the Gatumba refugee transit centre in Burundi and repeated its call to the Government of Burundi to complete the initial investigation.

Burundi: Envoy pledges UN support for ongoing political transition

With Burundi's just-completed round of elections marking another positive step along its road to stability after decades of ethnic strife, the five-year-old United Nations-backed panel set up to oversee the peace process has wrapped up its work and pledged to support the nascent Government through the end of the electoral process next September.

Burundi: UN mission official paints grim picture of human rights situation

The top rights official in the United Nations mission in Burundi today painted a gloomy picture of the human rights situation in the tiny central African country that is just now beginning to take tentative steps towards stability after decades of ethnic strife.

Following elections, Burundi needs world’s support more than ever – UN envoy

With Burundi’s senate elections, the latest in a series, now successfully completed, the international community must give even more support so that the people of the war-torn country can see the benefits of democracy and not fall back into crisis, according to the top United Nations envoy there.