Burundi

Ahead of 2020 elections, situation in Burundi shows encouraging signs but remains fragile

A UN Security Council meeting on the security and political situation in Burundi was held on Friday, as the country continues to grapple with a four-year-long crisis and is gearing up for new elections in 2020.

News in Brief 12 March 2019

  • In South Sudan, mothers teaching daughters ‘safer’ ways to survive rape
  • DR Congo: ‘New waves of violence’ likely, UN warns, unless State acts to prevent intercommunal reprisals
  • 2020 elections in Burundi could have major impact on human rights, says UN panel
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News in Brief 5 March 2019

  • More than 70,000 flee spike in violence in Burkina Faso in just two months
  • UN rights chief’s ‘deep regret’ at Burundi office closure
  • Growing number of women parliamentarians worldwide
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UN human rights chief regrets closure of Burundi office following Government pressure

In a statement released on Tuesday, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, announced her regret at the closure of the UN Human Rights Office in Burundi – which was set up more than two decades ago – at the insistence of the country’s government.

Burundi: Inclusive dialogue ‘only viable option’ for resolving country’s political crisis says, UN envoy

An inter-Burundian, inclusive dialogue remains the only viable option for lasting settlement of the political crisis and the holding of elections in 2020 in a peaceful environment, the United Nations Special Envoy for the country, Michel Kafando, told the Security Council on Tuesday.

In Tanzania, UN refugee chief praises ‘regional peacemaker’ role, and efforts to welcome neighbours on the run

The head of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has praised Tanzania for the long-standing welcome it offers hundreds of thousands of refugees, describing it as a “regional peacemaker” in an unstable part of Africa, that deserves more international support.