UN lauds Tanzania’s decision to give refugees more time to return home

The United Nations refugee agency has welcomed Tanzania’s decision to allow more time for some 36,000 Burundian refugees who have been living in the country since the 1990s to make their way back to their homeland.

Burundi: Security Council hears of progress in peace process, upcoming elections

Significant strides have been taken in Burundi in implementing its ceasefire accord and laying the foundations for next year’s presidential election, the United Nations top envoy to the impoverished African nation said today.

UN agency voices concern over return of Burundian refugees by Rwanda

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today voiced concern about the return of a large group of Burundian refugees to their homeland from Rwanda, noting that repatriation should never be compulsory and may not be the best solution for all.

Ban commends Burundi for strides in carrying out peace pact

Burundi has made progress in implementing the 2006 ceasefire pact between the Government and rebels, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said, calling on the small Great Lakes nation to seize the momentum and continue its efforts to improve its human rights situation.