Top UN legal expert begins talks in Burundi on justice and reconciliation

The top United Nations legal expert is leading a mission of high-level UN officials to Burundi aimed at helping to set up a truth and reconciliation commission and a special tribunal for human rights abuses committed during the country’s 12-year long civil war.

Security Council calls for end to violence in Burundi

While welcoming progress in Burundi’s emergence from a 12-year civil war, the Security Council today called for the immediate end to hostilities and human rights abuses that it said continue to be committed by both rebels and Government forces.

UN envoy calls on international community to give sustained support to Burundi

The United Nations envoy to conflict-ridden Burundi called today on the international community to provide sustained support to the African country in order to build peace there, saying this was the “ultimate challenge” and the only way to get the impoverished nation back on its feet.

‘Extremely fragile’ conflict-ridden Burundi needs close monitoring: Annan

Improvements in human rights, good governance and other areas are urgently needed in conflict-ridden Burundi, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said in a report released today, calling for close monitoring of the impoverished country in the countdown to the planned withdrawal of the United Nations mission there by the end of this year.