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.

UN-backed repatriation of Burundian refugees from Rwanda begins

The United Nations refugee agency today reported that it had assisted in the return to Burundi of more than 500 refugees who had spent the last ten years in Rwanda.

Rural poor in Burundi receive $14 million boost from UN

Burundi has received a $14 million grant from the United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) to help the rural poor in the African Great Lakes nation, which is rebuilding after a brutal civil war.

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.