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.

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.

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that it conforms with international human rights standards and protects freedom of expression, a request that was originally made by the UN in April without success.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.

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.

Secretary-General hails commitment of Burundian political actors to dialogue

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today commended Burundian political actors’ commitment to dialogue as all political parties met in the country’s capital, Bujumbura, for the first time since 2010 to discuss issues related to the electoral process.

Security Council extends for another year mandate of UN office in Burundi

The Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations political mission in Burundi for another year to support peace and long-term development in the country, as well as to redouble efforts to tackle corruption and allow people the freedom to organize ahead of the presidential and parliamentary elections in 2015.

Despite progress, Burundi needs assistance to ease poverty, tensions – UN official

Burundi continues to make steady progress in strengthening governance and recovering from recurrent strife, but given persistent political tensions and poverty, support from the international community is still required, a United Nations envoy said today.