UN chief condemns murder of Burundian General and his family in Bujumbura

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the assassination of Brigadier General Athanase Kararuza, his wife and daughter today in the crisis-torn country’s capital, Bujumbura.

Burundi: one year into political crisis, UN agency warns thousands of people still fleeing country

One year after the crisis in Burundi began, the United Nations refugee agency today said that almost 260,000 people have fled the country, warning that the number could increase by thousands throughout the year – unless a political solution is found and a civil war averted.

Torture and illegal detention on the rise in Burundi – UN rights chief

The United Nations human rights chief today warned of a “sharp increase in the use of torture and ill-treatment in Burundi” and voiced concerns about worrying reports of the existence of illegal detention facilities, both in Bujumbura and in the countryside.

Security Council requests options on deploying UN police in crisis-torn Burundi

Paving the way for enhanced United Nations engagement in Burundi, the Security Council this evening requested Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to explore with the Government and regional actors options for a police deployment “to increase UN capacity to monitor the security situation, advance the rule of law and promote respect for human rights” in the country.

Senior UN official warns Burundi's tensions could fuel violence throughout Great Lakes region

A climate for inclusive dialogue is urgently required to eradicate the polarization and fragmentation of Burundian society, resulting from the increasing poverty and ongoing political crisis, a senior United Nations human rights official today urged.

‘No alternative to political settlement of the Burundian crisis,’ Ban tells Security Council

Briefing the Security Council, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and United Nations High Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein today voiced concern about spiralling violence and rights violations in Burundi, and called for an inclusive political dialogue to peacefully resolve the 11-month crisis.

Burundi’s people living in terror, warns UN human rights chief

Burundi’s people are living in terror because of continued human rights violations, a senior UN official told members of the Security Council Friday.

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Women and girls to become “influencers, not only beneficiaries”

Investment in women and girls is vital so that they can become involved in and influence issues that affect them directly.

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UN Gender Focus: empowerment of women and girls

More women, girls die during disasters than men: UN

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“Creativity and flexibility” of UN mediators to resolve global conflicts

Creativity and flexibility; those are two of the qualities needed by the UN’s team of mediators who are sent around the world to help resolve some of today’s most intractable conflicts.

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