Mass presidential pardon for quarter of prisoners in Burundi

Mass presidential pardon for quarter of prisoners in Burundi

Burundi began Monday releasing a quarter of its jail population under a mass presidential pardon, but prisoners’ rights groups voiced concern they were just making room for more political inmates. A first group of 300 were released from the Mpimba central prison in Bujumbura, but authorities aim to free some 2,500 of the total, which […]

Burundi presidential spokesman survives assassination attempt

Burundi presidential spokesman survives assassination attempt

A top advisor to Burundi’s president and the most public face of the government has escaped an assassination attempt in the capital Bujumbura, officials said Tuesday. Willy Nyamitwe was returning home on Monday night when “he was met with sustained gunfire and grenade explosions”, a high-ranking presidential official told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity, […]

UN rights forum launches Burundi inquiry

UN rights forum launches Burundi inquiry

The top U.N. human rights forum agreed on Friday to set up a commission of inquiry to identify perpetrators of killings and torture in Burundi and ensure that they are brought to justice. The panel would build on the work of U.N. experts who looked into the suspected torture and murder of government opponents. They […]

Risk of ‘genocide’ and ‘crimes against humanity’ in Burundi, UN investigators warn

Risk of ‘genocide’ and ‘crimes against humanity’ in Burundi, UN investigators warn

Burundi’s government is behind systematic human rights violations, including executions and torture, UN investigators said Tuesday, warning of possible crimes against humanity and the looming risk of “genocide”. Three experts commissioned by the UN human rights office recommend the establishment of a commission of inquiry after examining abuses over 14 months through June 30. Violence […]

Burundi rejects deployment of UN police force as ‘violation of sovereignty’

Burundi rejects deployment of UN police force as ‘violation of sovereignty’

Burundi’s government has rejected the deployment of 228 UN police to the troubled African nation, saying a French-led UN resolution authorising the force was made without its consent. The UN Security Council on Friday agreed to deploy the force in its strongest move to date to try to end more than a year of violence. […]

AFP, RFI reporter threatened over Burundi crisis coverage

AFP, RFI reporter threatened over Burundi crisis coverage

The Burundi correspondent of Agence France-Presse and Radio France Internationale, who was tortured last year by security forces, received threats on social media Tuesday. The threats were made after he was accused by authorities of “promoting crime and violence” with his coverage of the country’s crisis. Esdras Ndikumana, winner of France’s diplomatic press prize in […]