Burundi begins mass release of prisoners

2019-03-30 11:27

Burundi has released the first 142 prisoners from a promised 3 000 detainees to promote reconciliation, the justice minister says, but critics say it was only to ease pressure on crowded jails.

Burundi acquits rights activists sentenced to 10-year terms

2018-12-28 10:48

A Burundian court has acquitted three civil rights activists who had been handed 10-year jail terms for undermining state security, their organisation has said.

Burundi names Gitega as new capital

2018-12-23 10:10

Burundi has declared the small central city of Gitega the country's new political capital, in line with a presidential promise made a decade ago.

DRC: the Joseph Kabila years

2018-12-17 13:07

Joseph Kabila came to power in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2001, ruling during a period of bloody insurgencies and deadly protests against his extended mandate.

Burundi's president Nkurunziza no longer considers Rwanda a partner but an enemy

2018-12-16 08:00

It is important to find ways to prevent the eruption of a possible open conflict between Rwanda and Burundi which could lead to devastating consequences for the region, write Selina Diaby and Patrick Hajayandi.

Army clashes with rebels kill 18 in eastern DRC

2018-12-03 17:02

Clashes between the army and rebels loyal to a renegade former general in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo have killed at least 18 people, military sources have said.

Burundi ex-president Buyoya denounces warrant

2018-12-02 18:13

Burundi's former president Pierre Buyoya on Sunday denounced as politically motivated a warrant issued against him for his alleged role in the assassination of his country's first democratically elected leader.

Four arrests over 1993 killing of Burundi leader

2018-11-25 20:18

Burundi authorities have arrested four retired army officers suspected of a role in the 1993 assassination of the country's first democratically elected President Melchior Ndadaye, a judicial source said.

UN human rights chief slams 'regrettable' Burundi threats

2018-10-25 20:53

The UN's human rights chief has demanded respect from Burundi after its ambassador threatened to prosecute the authors of a recent report detailing continuing violations in the country.

Burundi opposition MP accused of plot to kill president

2018-10-19 20:00

Burundi's public security ministry has accused a prominent opposition MP of planning the assassination of President Pierre Nkurunziza and other top officials, in an address on state television.


UN says Burundi forces closure of its rights office there

2019-03-06 12:41

Burundi's government has forced the United Nations human rights office in the troubled East African country to close after 23 years, the UN rights chief has announced.

Burundi military opposes Somali withdrawal plan

2018-12-24 19:58

The Burundi army has said it opposed a request by the African Union that it withdraw 1,000 soldiers serving in an African peacekeeping force in Somalia by February 28.

Burundi told to cut force in Somalia under African pullback

2018-12-22 19:03

The African Union has asked Burundi to reduce its contribution to an African peacekeeping force in Somalia by a thousand men under a progressive pullout from the country by the AU.

2 killed in attack in Rwanda, near border with Burundi

2018-12-16 18:00

At least two Rwandan civilians were killed and eight injured when attackers set fire to three passenger vehicles in the southern Nyamagabe district, which borders Burundi, says a Rwandan army official

UN rights office: Burundi's government has asked us to leave

2018-12-06 15:15

UN human rights office says Burundi's government has asked it to leave the country

Ex-Burundi leader rejects warrant for his arrest as tactic

2018-12-03 08:04

Pierre Buyoya, Burundi's former president, has dismissed as politically motivated an arrest warrant issued against him for his alleged participation in the assassination of his country's first democratically elected leader.

Burundi issues international arrest warrant for ex-president Buyoya

2018-12-01 11:39

Burundi has said it had launched international arrest warrants for ex-president Pierre Buyoya and 16 former senior officials over their alleged role in the 1993 assassination of Melchior Ndadaye, the country's first democratically elected Hutu

UN envoy urges new way to help Burundi exit political crisis

2018-11-22 14:15

The UN special envoy for Burundi is calling for a re-evaluation of the ways to help Burundi emerge from its current political crisis with a view to elections in 2020

Burundi govt to miss last round of crisis dialogue

2018-10-25 10:05

Burundi's government says it would miss a last round of crisis talks in Tanzania that aim to set up elections for 2020.

Burundi accuses Belgium of ordering hit on independence hero

2018-10-14 20:05

Burundi has accused former colonial power Belgium of ordering the assassination of independence hero and Crown Prince Louis Rwagasore in 1961, a move likely to further poison ties between the two countries.

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