Amid election-related tensions, thousands flee Burundi for neighbouring countries – UN

Some ten thousand refugees fled Burundi over the weekend before authorities managed to close the borders ahead of yesterday’s parliamentary elections, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) reported today.

UN chief concerned over Burundi's insistence on holding elections despite prevailing political crisis

Reiterating his appeal to all Burundian political leaders to consider the wider interest of the people of their country, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today expressed concerns about the Government's insistence on going ahead with elections on 29 June despite the prevailing political and security environment in the country.

Ban appeals to Burundian authorities to consider postponing elections

Closely following political and security developments in Burundi, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today encouraged the country’s authorities to consider the postponing of the elections scheduled for July 15.

As Burundi elections draw near, Ban sends Special Envoy in support of regional efforts

Concerned by the political crisis in Burundi, “which threatens to undo more than a decade of work to consolidate peace and reconciliation in the country”, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced today the arrival in Bujumbura of his Special Representative and Head of the UN Regional Office for Central Africa, Abdoulaye Bathily.

Blatant rights failures in Burundi make upcoming elections ‘impossible,’ UN expert warns

Decrying Burundi’s “blatant failures” to respect freedom of expression and assembly and the fact that unresolved issues from the past are ensnaring the process for the upcoming elections, a United Nations rights expert today issued a strong call for greater global efforts to ensure independent monitoring and reporting and for all Burundian parties to safeguard fair elections and keep protests peaceful.

UN health agency ramps up efforts against Tanzania cholera outbreak

The cholera outbreak in Tanzania continues to spread among the populations in the country’s western Kigoma region amid an influx of refugees from neighbouring Burundi, the United Nations health agency warned today as it detailed its ongoing response aimed at stemming the epidemic.

Increased militia violence could push Burundi ‘over the edge,’ warns UN rights chief

Deeply worried at the increasingly violent and threatening actions by a pro-government militia in Burundi, the United Nations human rights chief today urged the national authorities to take immediate and concrete measures to rein them in.

Concerned over potential violence in Burundi, UN chief urges resumption of dialogue

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon remains concerned about the potential for escalating violence in Burundi and has reiterated his call for calm and restraint amid the African country’s simmering political tensions.

Burundi: UN urges return to political dialogue amid ongoing tensions, humanitarian crisis

The United Nations is continuing its efforts to facilitate a dialogue among Burundian stakeholders amid the country’s ongoing political deadlock and a burgeoning humanitarian crisis, a spokesperson for the Organization announced today.

UN relief wing boosts emergency support to refugees fleeing Burundi crisis

The new head of the United Nations relief arm today released a fresh tranche of crisis funding from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) in order to support life-saving relief work for thousands of Burundian refugees dispersed between Rwanda and Tanzania, the Organization has announced.