Burundi

UN warns of humanitarian disaster in drought-stricken Burundi

About 3 million people in Burundi are facing food insecurity, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) said Tuesday as it warned of a humanitarian crisis.

Burundian teacher sentenced to 30 years for raping 17 pupils

A Burundian teacher was on Wednesday sentenced to 30 years in prison for raping 17 female pupils aged between 9 and 12 years, the court announced in the central city of Gitega.

More than 120 suspected Burundian rebels extradited from Congo

At least 128 suspected Burundian rebels detained in Congo were on Tuesday extradited to Burundi, officials said.

Burundi starts releasing 2,500 prisoners following pardon

Burundi on Monday started releasing 2,500 prison inmates, including dozens of political prisoners, following a presidential pardon seen as trying to placate international concern about human rights violations in the East African country.

Burundi to withdraw AU troops from Somalia over salaries unpaid by EU

Burundi will withdraw its 5,400 troops serving as part of an African Union contingent in Somalia because the European Union has stopped paying their salaries, according to inter-governmental correspondence seen by dpa on Monday.

Burundian environment minister shot dead in his car

An unknown gunman has killed environment minister Emmanuel Niyonkuru in the conflict-ridden East African nation of Burundi, a police spokesman said Sunday.

Burundi's president may seek office again, despite term limit

Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza said he may seek a fourth term, if the East African country's citizens should want him to run for office in 2020.

Burundian president's advisor survives assassination attempt

Unknown gunmen tried to assassinate a key advisor of Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza, wounding him and killing his bodyguard, sources of the ruling party and the presidency said Tuesday.

Gambia becomes third African nation to withdraw from ICC

Gambia has become the third African nation to formally declare that it wants to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC), after South Africa and Burundi.

ICC: South Africa, Burundi withdrawal "watershed moment" for justice

The African continent experienced a "watershed moment" for justice after South Africa and Burundi announced their withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC), the president of the court's Assembly of States Parties said Monday.

Journalists arrested in Burundi not from BBC, broadcaster says

Burundian police said Sunday they have arrested two BBC journalists for having photographed mass graves without permission.

Burundi's lawmakers pass motion to quit International Criminal Court

Burundi’s parliament Wednesday overwhelmingly voted to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC), deepening a months-long row between the global tribunal and the volatile nation.

Burundi suspends cooperation with UN rights body, bans investigators

Burundi said Tuesday it will suspend all cooperation with the UN rights body, while barring entry to three UN investigators who had accused the government of gross human rights violations.

Legal expert expelled from Burundi, which aims to quit Hague court

The representative of a non-governmental organization fighting international judicial impunity has been expelled from Burundi, the organization said Friday.

Burundi rejects UN inquiry into rights abuses

The government of Burundi said Saturday it will not cooperate with a UN commission of inquiry formed to investigate human rights abuses in the East African country.

Burundi government supporters protest against UN genocide warning

Thousands of government supporters Saturday protested against a United Nations report that warned of an impending genocide in the troubled East African nation of Burundi.

Burundian human rights group identifies 14 mass graves

A Burundian human rights group said Wednesday it had identified the locations of 14 mass graves around the country.

Army officers fleeing Burundi amid soldier arrests, flared tensions

Ten Burundian army and police officers have deserted the security forces since the beginning of this month, an army spokesman said Friday.

Burundi rejects deployment of UN police force

Burundi has rejected the deployment of 228 UN police officers to monitor human rights abuses in the conflict-stricken East African nation.

Hundreds rally in Burundian capital to protest UN police deployment

Hundreds of people took to the streets of Bujumbara on Saturday to protest the deployment of a UN police force to Burundi amid demonstrators' fears for the country's sovereignty.

Burundian comedian released after arrest for mocking president

A Burundian comedian was released Friday after four days in custody for making fun of President Pierre Nkurunziza, sources of the intelligence service and the comedian's family said.

Ban Ki-moon in Burundi for talks to end months of deadly violence

UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon arrived in Burundi Monday to step up efforts to end months of political violence in the east African nation.

Foreign minister: Burundi rejects African Union peacekeeper plan

Burundi will not allow African Union (AU) peacekeepers into the country, its Foreign Minister Alaine Nyamitwe told dpa on Sunday, defying regional attempts to quell political and ethnic violence there.

Ban Ki-moon applauds African Union's Burundi peacekeeping plan

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday applauded the African Union's plan to establish a "prevention and protection mission" against ethnic and political violence in Burundi, saying the organization was ready to support its efforts.

Satellite images, video indicate mass graves in Burundi: Amnesty

There is strong evidence that dozens of people have been buried in mass graves in and near the Burundian capital, Amnesty International said Friday.

UN sounds alarm over targeting of Tutsi in Burundi

There are growing signs of renewed ethnic violence between Hutu and Tutsi populations in Burundi, and a complete breakdown of public order was imminent, UN rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein warned Friday.