Burundi

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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Burundi: On second visit to country, UN human rights experts call for concrete steps to end crisis

Concluding their second visit to Burundi, a team of United Nations independent human rights experts welcomed certain improvements in the country, but warned that the recent “calm should not be confused with long term stability,” and also called on all parties in the country to stop the use of violence as a political tool.

Youth must be included in UNAIDS declaration

Youth must push to be fully included in the UNAIDS Political Declaration on HIV and AIDS.

That’s according to Cedric Nininahazwe, Executive Director of RNJ+, Burundi's national network of young people living with HIV.

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Burundi: UNICEF concerned over arrests, school expulsion of students

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said today it is concerned about the arrests, expulsions from school and injuries of students in Burundi schools, and has called for all parties involved in the political conflict in the country to fully respect the rights of children to education and to protect them from violence.

Burundi: UN agency warns 4.6 million people facing food insecurity

Some 4.6 million people in Burundi are food insecure, with more than 500,000 of them requiring urgent emergency food assistance, the United Nations food relief agency has said, warning that food stocks are stretched as a result of the fragile socio-economic context in the country.

UN chief welcomes region-led meetings of political dialogue for Burundi

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the meetings of the political dialogue for Burundi, held in Arusha, from 21 to 24 May under the auspices of the Facilitator of the East African Community (EAC), Benjamin William Mkapa, former President of Tanzania.

Burundi: UN probe completes on-the-ground deployment of human rights monitors

The United Nations Independent Investigation in Burundi, which was set up to investigate human rights violations in the country since April 2015, said today it has completed the deployment of a team of human rights monitors on the ground.