UN mission calls on all Burundians to show restraint during constitutional review process

The United Nations today called on all political parties and actors in Burundi to show restraint as the country carries out its constitutional review process.

Framework hold hope for peace in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Four months ago, the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the region was signed, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a meeting of the Security Council on Thursday.

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International community, remain engaged in Burundi: Security Council

The international community should continue to be engaged in Burundi.

That was the message of speakers who addressed the UN Security Council on Monday, as it discussed the progress of the peace process in the country.

Gerry Adams reports.

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UN envoy lauds progress in Burundi but cautions that hurdles remain on path to stability

Burundi has made progress on a number of fronts in recent months but still faces numerous challenges, including a weak economy, cross-border incursions and a “mixed” human rights situation, the top United Nations envoy to the country told the Security Council today.

UN chief calls on international community to support Burundi's development

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on the international community to help Burundi continue its path towards peace and sustainable development.

Expert explains how effective taxation can promote peacebuilding in post-conflict countries

When a nation has had its administrative and governance systems shattered during war and conflict, how feasible is it to try to start generating revenue locally? Is it right to ask people who are just recovering from war to start paying taxes?

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Burundi: UN rights office urges revision of new press law to ensure freedom of expression

The United Nations human rights office today reiterated its call on Burundian authorities to revise a new press law to ensure that it conforms with international human rights standards and protects freedom of expression, a request that was originally made by the UN in April without success.

UN chief ‘regrets’ new Burundi media law which may curb press freedom

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed regret that a new media law in Burundi was promulgated with provisions that may have a negative impact on the freedom of the press.

UN envoy outlines her vision for Great Lakes region of Africa

The United Nations Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region of Africa on Monday briefed the Security Council on her first mission to the region.

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Burundi: UN experts warn of negative consequences of coffee privatization

The World Bank-led privatization of the coffee industry in Burundi that began in 2008 is having a negative impact on farmers, two United Nations independent experts warned today, calling for the suspension of the policy pending an assessment based on human rights.