Burundi

Human Rights Council is sum of parts, says UN deputy rights chief

It’s been a little over a decade since the UN Human Rights Council started work to address abuse wherever it is reported and push for accountability against perpetrators of such violations.

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Burundi: UN human rights experts urge strong action in light of ‘widespread’ violations

The final report of an independent United Nations investigation in Burundi, released today, describes “abundant evidence of gross human rights violations,” possibly amounting to crimes against humanity, by the Government of Burundi and people associated with it.

Emulate leadership of Tanzania in refugee policy

The international community has been urged by the UN to learn from refugee policies in Tanzania.

The East African country has a history of taking in refugees from regional conflicts, including in Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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UN and Africa: focus on oil prices, Burundi and South Sudan refugees in Uganda

Very significant shock” of lower oil prices in Africa

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Burundi: Expert alarmed by “unacceptable” comments about Rwanda genocide

Recent comments by a prominent politician in Burundi stating that the 1994 Rwanda genocide was a “fabrication of the international community” have been branded by a UN human rights expert as “simply unacceptable.”

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UN adviser on preventing genocide deplores ‘inflammatory statements’ by senior Burundi official

The United Nations Special Adviser on Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng, has expressed concern at inflammatory statements concerning the genocide in Rwanda that were made by a senior official of the ruling party in Burundi and cautioned that such statements could constitute incitement to violence.

UN rights experts ‘gravely concerned’ by reports of reprisals against Burundian lawyers

Gravely concerned by reports that four Burundian lawyers who provided information to the United Nations Committee on Torture (CAT) are being subjected to reprisals, the body said today that it has sent a letter to the Ambassador of Burundi to the United Nations in Geneva seeking assurances that no member of Burundian civils society would be subjected to such treatment for cooperating with the CAT.

Security Council approves 228-strong UN police component for Burundi

The Security Council this evening requested Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to establish a United Nations police officers component in Burundi for an initial period of one year to monitor the security situation and to support the Office of the UN High Commissioner of Human Rights (OHCHR) in monitoring rights violations and abuses in the crisis-gripped country.

Ban condemns assassination of former Burundian minister Mossi

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the assassination earlier today of Hafsa Mossi, former Burundian Minister for East African Community Affairs and Member of the East African Legislative Assembly, in the capital, Bujumbura.

Private security must be held accountable, says rights investigator

The use of force by private security firms is a “fact of modern life” but it should be subject to far greater controls and accountability, a top UN human rights investigator said Tuesday.

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