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Burundi-Rwanda rivalry: RED-Tabara rebel attacks add to regional tensions

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The RED-Tabara armed group, based in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), has renewed attacks in Burundi since late 2023. The group – which...

SA President part of DRC/Great Lakes summit

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South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is in the Burundian capital Bujumbura taking part in discussions aimed at stabilising the volatile Democratic Republic of Congo...

East Africa’s peace mission in the DRC: why it’s in Burundi’s...

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Burundi was the first country to offer troops to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in 2022 as part of east Africa’s peace drive...

Burundi’s Gatumba massacre offers a window into the past and future...

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For nearly three decades, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has been embroiled in violence. Millions of people have been killed and an estimated...

ISS: Burundi’s return to the international fold

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Since his inauguration in 2020, President Évariste Ndayishimiye has introduced a raft of foreign and domestic policy reforms to salvage Burundi’s international reputation and...

ISS: Burundi and Rwanda on a reconciliation path

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Since Burundi accused Rwanda of backing a coup attempt against it in 2015, relations between the two countries have been rocky. Most of the...

Four Burundians to be US sanction-free

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The US will lift restrictions on four Burundians it sanctioned in 2015 over violence in the country, the White House said. In 2015, the US...

Bujumbura explosions kill five

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Explosions killed at least five people and injured 50 in Burundi’s largest city Bujumbura on Monday, the prime minister and a health worker said...

Burundi gunmen kill 18 in convoy ambush, some victims burnt alive

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Unknown armed assailants killed 18 people when they attacked a two-vehicle convoy in central Burundi over the weekend, government officials and witnesses said on...

Gunmen kill eight in ambush on passing cars in Burundi

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Gunmen belonging to a gang of armed robbers shot dead eight people including a senior military officer in an ambush on four cars travelling...

Ex-Burundi president gets prison term for 1993 killing of victorious election...

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Burundi’s top court has sentenced a former president to life in prison for the 1993 murder of another president who had defeated him in...

Burundi impunity for abuses continues, says UN report, as another mass...

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Impunity for rape, murder and other abuses is still widespread in Burundi despite a change of government, a UN report released on Thursday said. The...

Six die in Burundi attack

Unidentified attackers shot and killed six people in northern Burundi, an official said, weeks after a similar attack in a southern province. The group launched...

At least 15 dead as rebels attack southern Burundi

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At least 15 people were killed when gunmen attacked an area in southern Burundi, three local witnesses told Reuters on Monday. It was unclear whether...

Congo soldier shoots dead 12 in drunken rampage

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A soldier shot dead 12 people and injured nine others during a drunken rampage in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo on Thursday evening, regional...

Post-Nkurunziza Burundi: The Rise of the Generals

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In Burundi, President Pierre Nkurunziza's sudden death has exposed power struggles within the ruling party and the ascendancy of the military. Barely two weeks after...

Burundi’s new cabinet includes two under Western sanctions over rights abuses

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New Burundi President Evariste Ndayishimiye unveiled a 15-member cabinet including two ministers who are under US or European sanctions over their alleged role in...

Burundi’s incoming president vows to unite nation isolated over rights abuses

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Burundi’s incoming president Evariste Ndayishimiye was sworn in on Thursday after the sudden death of predecessor Pierre Nkurunziza, and he pledged to unite a...

Burundi court affirms ruling party candidate’s presidential victory

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Burundi’s constitutional court has said last month’s elections were flawless and upheld the victory of the ruling party’s presidential candidate, dismissing a complaint brought...

Burundi’s ruling party wins presidential election

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Burundi’s ruling party candidate, retired general Evariste Ndayishimiye, has won the presidential election with 69% of votes cast, the electoral commission said on Monday,...

Burundi police detain more than 200 opposition election observers

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Burundian police detained more than 200 opposition electoral observers during this week’s election, the spokesman for the main opposition National Freedom Council (CNL) told...

Burundi voting ends in calm despite fraud allegation

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Voting in Burundi’s presidential election passed calmly on Wednesday despite simmering political violence, the coronavirus pandemic and the opposition accusing the authorities of fraud. In...

ISS: Could elections lead to another political crisis in Burundi?

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Burundi’s main opposition candidate in this week’s elections, Agathon Rwasa, exudes confidence. His rallies are well attended despite violence meted out against his party...

Burundi showing the door to top WHO men

Burundi is expelling the national head of the World Health Organisation (WHO) during a presidential election campaign as politicians press ahead with large rallies...

Election campaign underway in Burundi

Burundi political parties started campaigning for next month’s presidential elections despite opposition accusations of intimidation and the ongoing global coronavirus crisis. With one death and...

ISS: Could Pierre Nkurunziza’s departure save Burundi?

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Does the decision by Burundi’s ruling CNDD-FDD party to replace President Pierre Nkurunziza as its candidate for the elections due on 20 May offer...

Pre-election violence claims lives in Burundi

The Burundi government said it killed at least 22 “wrongdoers” in hills overlooking Bujumbura since last week, in what it called violence linked to...

Burundi opposition names presidential contender

Burundi’s opposition CNL picked current chairman of the National Assembly as its candidate in the May presidential election which the UN says is likely...

Over six thousand bodies found in Burundi mass graves

Burundi’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission found more than 6 000 bodies in six mass graves in Karusi Province, the largest finding since government launched...

Burundi exhumation brings back memories

What seems a lifetime ago, Barampama Maximilien shovelled dirt over rows of bodies at gunpoint, sweating in fear he would be next. This week...

Burundi’s mass graves re-open old wounds

Twenty-six years ago, Prosper saw Burundian soldiers take away his brother and nephew. Neighbours told him soldiers discovered his mother where she was hiding....

Burundi rights crackdown condemned

The European parliament passed a resolution condemning Burundi for restricting freedom of expression and violating human rights ahead of May elections. The resolution passed...

Burundi vote funding allegations

The youth league of Burundi’s ruling party is forcing citizens to donate money to fund next year’s election, Human Rights Watch said, as fears...

Burundi receives new armoured vehicles for Amisom operations

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Burundi’s contingent serving with the African Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom) has taken delivery of a fleet of new armoured personnel carriers (APCs) for...

Attackers kill three in Bujumbura neighbourhood

Gunmen wearing police and army uniforms killed three people and injured three others at a bar in a heavily guarded neighbourhood of Burundi’s biggest...

Burundi journalists charged

Four Burundian journalists were arrested and charged with undermining state security, an editor at their newspaper tweeted, as Burundi’s government clamps down on journalists...

Armed plotters killed in Burundi

Security forces in Burundi killed at least 14 armed men who intended to launch an attack in Bubanza province, police and residents said. The...

UN warns of Burundi atrocities ahead of election

Burundi is at risk of a new wave of atrocities as it approaches a 2020 election with an unresolved political crisis and a presidency...

Burundi to repatriate refugees

Burundi will start repatriating 200,000 refugees from neighbouring Tanzania in October, sparking fears of forced returns among those who crossed the border to escape...

Burundi youth league leader is new broadcast boss

Burundi appointed the leader of the ruling party youth league to head its state-run broadcaster, a move an opposition party described as a danger...

Burundi moves to seize opposition assets

Burundi’s Supreme Court ordered the seizure of assets belonging to opposition activists in exile, the latest swipe in an internationally condemned crackdown by President...

Burundi rebels killed in clashes with DR Congo troops

Congolese troops killed 36 Burundian rebels in clashes with armed groups in the east of Democratic Republic of Congo and three soldiers also died,...

Activists cry foul over Burundi media ban

Burundi banned the BBC and indefinitely suspended Voice of America, moves campaigners and the international broadcasters describe as a blow to press freedom. The central...

UN human rights office in Burundi forced to close

Burundi forced the United Nations to shut its local human rights office after 23 years, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said. Hundreds...

Outrage at Burundi “slave trade” slur

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UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet expressed outrage at comments by Burundi's ambassador in New York comparing the chairman of a UN...

Burundi suspends NGOs for violating new laws

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Burundi suspended some local and international non-governmental organisations for three months for violating a new law, a senior government official said. The move...

Burundi threatens to quit UN human rights body

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Burundi, beset by accusations of crimes against humanity, threatened to withdraw from the UN Human Rights Council and sue its critics. A...

Burundi under fire for expelling UN human rights team

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Burundi's ambassador in Geneva struggled to explain to the UN Human Rights Council why his government threw out a UN team the...

Burundi still committing crimes against humanity

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More crimes against humanity were committed in Burundi in 2017 and 2018, whipped up by rhetoric from top officials including President Pierre...

Rwanda dismisses rebel incursion claims

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Rwandan police denied a militant group it says aims to topple President Paul Kagame was behind attacks on the country's southern border...