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.

Burundian must take lead in launching inclusive dialogue to end political crisis – UN envoy

The absence of an inclusive political dialogue in Burundi has left country fragile amid the humanitarian, economic and financial difficulties and ongoing security threats, the United Nations Special Envoy there told the Security Council on Wednesday.

UN rights chief denounces Burundi for ‘belligerent and defamatory’ attack on inquiry team

The top United Nations human rights official has called on Burundi to “immediately retract” its threat to try and prosecute members of a UN Commission of Inquiry into rights abuses in the central African nation.

People of Burundi are living in fear, says rights investigator

One third of Burundi’s population is in need of humanitarian assistance amid ongoing and dire human rights violations there including summary executions according to Francoise Hampson, member of the UN Commission of Inquiry. Ms. Hampson spoke to UN News's Daniel Johnson after the publication of the panel’s latest report into the Great Lakes country.

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News In Brief 05 September 2018

  • Top UN official in Iraq calls for calm following Basra fatalities
  • Burundi Government involved in summary executions: UN investigators
  • A quarter of the world’s adults are inactive
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