Burundi: Ban welcomes political conversion of former militia

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the accreditation of a former armed opposition group in Burundi as a political party, lauding its renunciation of armed conflict.

UN refugee operation given high marks by US Government study

The assisted voluntary repatriation operation scheme run by the United Nations refuge agency has been praised in a report commissioned by the United States Government, which has hailed aspects of the programme as being the “best practice responses” to refugee and humanitarian crises in general.

Burundi: UN rights expert outraged by murder of anti-corruption activist

An independent United Nations human rights expert today voiced outrage over the killing of an anti-corruption campaigner in Burundi, calling for an immediate investigation into the murder.

Burundi: UN advocate for children welcomes rebels’ release of child soldiers

The Secretary-General’s Special Representative on children and armed conflict today welcomed the release of over 100 child soldiers by a key rebel group in Burundi, a move which will allow them the chance to rebuild their lives.