Burundi pledges at UN to step up support to ensure elections are peaceful

Burundi’s Government is committed to ensuring that highly awaited presidential, parliamentary and local polls scheduled for next year take place peacefully and successfully, and will step up support to election authorities so it can achieve that goal, the country’s Second Vice-President told the General Assembly today.

UN agency unveils plans to support staging of elections in Burundi

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has announced it will manage a $44 million fund to promote the peaceful staging of presidential, parliamentary and local elections next year in Burundi, which was been wracked by ethnically-based strife for decades.

Tackling impunity for violators of child rights next step for Burundi, says Ban

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has lauded the fact that all children associated with armed groups in Burundi have been released and united with their families, but noted that a climate of impunity for violators of children’s rights persists.

UN refugee agency notes milestone in repatriating long-term Burundian refugees

More than 50,000 Burundian refugees have now been repatriated from Tanzania, where some of them had been living since fleeing their country in 1972, according to the United Nations refugee agency.