Burundi ex-deputy leader returns home, criticises opposition

2017-02-21 16:00

A former vice president of Burundi who fled the country after criticising the ruling party has returned to the country after accusing some of her colleagues in the opposition of being "destructive".

Burundi's government boycotts resumption of peace talks

2017-02-16 14:38

Burundi's government says it will not participate in peace talks with the opposition because it cannot negotiate with fugitives from justice.

Burundi: UN experts say situation worsening for NGOs

2017-02-06 19:08

A group of United Nations human rights experts says there's growing repression of civic groups and rights activists in Burundi amid sporadic violence stemming from the president's disputed third term

Burundi's government frees scores of prisoners after pardon

2017-01-25 15:59

Burundi's government has started releasing scores of prisoners, including some accused of endangering state security, following a clemency order by President Pierre Nkurunziza.

Burundi drops threat to withdraw troops from AU Somalia mission

2017-01-19 22:07

Burundi has said it would not follow through on its planned withdrawal of troops from the African Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom) after reaching an agreement over the payment of wages.

Burundi to withdraw troops from AU Somalia mission

2017-01-16 20:31

Burundi has began the process of withdrawing its troops from the African Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom) due to a dispute with the EU over the payment of wages.

Burundi bans oldest rights group

2017-01-03 19:07

Burundi authorities have banned the country's oldest human rights organisation, which had continued reporting abuses despite being suspended when political turmoil broke out nearly two years ago.

Burundi says will pull 5 500 troops from Somalia over money

2016-12-31 17:00

Burundi's president has threatened to pull out almost 5 500 troops contributing to African Union forces in Somalia over unpaid allowances

Burundi summons EU envoys for skipping meeting

2016-12-16 18:01

Burundi's foreign minister has summoned envoys for the EU and several European nations to rap them over the knuckles for skipping a diplomatic meeting he had invited them to, government sources says.

Burundi refugees mark anniversary of worst bloodshed

2016-12-13 11:08

In a church in Rwanda, sobs ring out and candles flicker as refugees from neighbouring Burundi mark a year since one of the deadliest episodes of violence in their crisis-wracked country.


Burundi's government boycotts resumption of peace talks

2017-02-17 08:39

Burundi's government has announced it will not attend the latest effort at peace talks with the opposition in neighbouring Tanzania, eroding hopes for a negotiated settlement to the East African nation's often violent political crisis.

Number of Burundian refugees to reach 500 000 this year

2017-02-08 11:00

The number of Burundians fleeing political violence is expected to reach 500 000 this year, and the UN is seeking more land for refugee camps in neighbouring countries, the UN refugee agency says.

Burundi: Army major killed as violence persists

2017-01-26 16:27

A military official says an army major has been shot and killed by a colleague in a remote area of Burundi.

Burundi frees prisoners, but rights groups cautious

2017-01-23 21:47

Burundi has began 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.

Burundi ruling party youths wage violent attacks: HRW

2017-01-19 14:22

Young men belonging to Burundi's ruling party are growing increasingly powerful, often collaborating with national intelligence agents as they wage brutal attacks on perceived opponents, says Human Rights Watch.

Six arrested over murder of Burundi minister: prosecutor

2017-01-08 21:01

Burundi authorities have arrested six people in connection with the murder of the country's environment minister, the prosecutor general has said..

Burundi minister assassinated - police

2017-01-01 09:14

Burundi's environment minister has been shot dead in the capital Bujumbura, police say, the first assassination of its kind since the country was plunged into political turmoil in 2015.

Burundi passes law cracking down on foreign NGOs

2016-12-24 21:00

Burundi's parliament has passed a law imposing strict controls on international non-governmental organisations after President Pierre Nkurunziza accused such groups of backing an insurrection against him.

Burundi edges closer to the abyss in 2016

2016-12-13 16:35

The prospects for reconciliation are bleak. Formal gestures by the government to nudge the opposition parties to join an intra-Burundi dialogue have consistently failed, writes Rene Lemarchand.

Burundi recalls Belgium ambassador amid tensions

2016-12-10 20:00

Burundi's foreign minister says the country's ambassador to Belgium has been told to return home amid diplomatic tensions related to political violence in the east African nation.

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