Security Council extends mandate of UN political mission in Burundi

The Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations political mission in Burundi, stressing that the country must continue to make progress on protecting human rights, fighting corruption, reforming its security sector and boosting economic development.

Perpetrators of recent killings must be brought to justice, UN tells Burundi

The United Nations human rights office today called on the Burundian Government to ensure that the perpetrators of last week’s massacre near the capital are brought to justice and to engage in national dialogue to avoid a further escalation of tension and violence.

Burundi targets respiratory diseases in new UN-backed vaccine scheme

Burundi has intensified its efforts in the fight against vaccine-preventable diseases in a United Nations-backed initiative that adds acute respiratory infections to the list of illnesses targeted in regular national childhood immunization campaigns.

Condemning deadly attack near Burundian capital, Secretary-General calls for restraint

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned the armed attack that took place yesterday near Burundi’s capital that killed and injured scores of people, and called on all parties to exercise restraint.

Support for agriculture will consolidate peace in Burundi, UN agency says

With a population expected to grow by more than half within a generation, Burundi needs to expand its agriculture’s economic potential, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today, calling for continued support from the international community.

Burundi taking some steps forward on human rights, UN expert says

The United Nations independent expert on human rights in Burundi today welcomed what he said were several positive rights developments in the small African country, but cautioned about the continuing problems of extrajudicial killings and prison conditions.

UN welcomes diverse composition of human rights commission members in Burundi

The top United Nations official in Burundi today welcomed the selection of the members of the independent national human rights commission, saying they are an appropriate reflection of the small African country’s ethnic, regional and gender make-up.

UN official urges continued support for Burundi’s peacebuilding efforts

Burundi is making commendable efforts to consolidate its post-conflict peacebuilding process, the United Nations top official in the central African country told the Security Council today, calling on the international community to continue supporting its steps towards sustainable development.

UN expert calls on Burundi to set up national human rights body without delay

An independent United Nations expert today welcomed the adoption of the law on setting up Burundi’s national human rights body and urged the authorities to set it up without delay.