Independent human rights expert appeals for tolerance in Burundi

Burundi may again find itself in a state of internal conflict if the Government fails to drop its intolerance of critics just as the country takes the first steps towards peace after 12 years of civil war, a human rights expert has told the United Nations General Assembly.

Secretary-General calls on Burundi to make children a post-war priority

Concerned about persistent rapes, killings, the detainment and military recruitment of children in Burundi, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called on all parties to immediately work towards ending these crimes and prosecuting offenders, as the central African nation makes a transition from civil war to peace and democracy.