Burundi

alert status : Genocide Emergency

 

Genocide stage:

8- persecution

 

Affected groups:

  • tutsis

  • hutus

 

Current situation:

  • hutu extremists are attacking the groups mentioned above

 

Developments

For President Richard Nixon’s national security advisors, the genocidal slaughter of more than 100,000 ethnic Hutus by Burundi’s ethnic Tutsi government in the early 1970s was a matter of little strategic concern to the United States.

There is no evidence, according to a September 1972 White House memo to Nixon, that either of America’s great-power rivals, China or the Soviet Union, had played any role in the violence or sought...

April 11, 2019

DR Congo's army said Thursday that it had killed 36 Burundian rebels in a three-day operation in the eastern province of South Kivu, abutting Burundi.

Three soldiers were killed and four were injured in the operation which targeted "positions of Burundian rebels of the National Forces of Liberation (FNL) and Republican Forces of Burundi (FOREBU)," said provincial army spokesman Captain Dieudonne Kasereka.

Two senior rebel office...

March 29, 2019

In response to the Burundian government’s decision to ban the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) from operating in the country and to continue the suspension of the Voice of America (VOA) until further notice, Sarah Jackson, Amnesty International’s Deputy Regional Director for East Africa, the Great Lakes and the Horn, said:

“The withdrawal of the BBC’s operating license and continued suspension of the VOA are further braze...

FILE PHOTO: Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza claps after signing the new constitution at the Presidential Palace in Gitega Province, Burundi June 7, 2018. REUTERS/Evrard Ngendakumana/File Photo

GENEVA (Reuters) - Burundi has forced the United Nations to shut its local human rights office after 23 years, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said on Tuesday.Hundreds of Burundians have been killed in clashe...

April 20, 2018

NAIROBI – The lower house of Burundi's parliament has voted to allow security forces in the politically tense nation to conduct night raids without a search warrant.

The draft law changing the criminal code was passed late Wednesday in the lower house, with 90 votes in favour and 22 against after eight hours of debate, parliament announced on Twitter.

The bill must now go before the Senate before being passed into law by Preside...

February 8, 2018

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the authorities in Ruyigi province, in eastern Burundi, to allow local radio journalist Jean-Claude Nshimirimana to continue working after the governor threatened to have him jailed for 12 months on a charge of disturbing public order if he ever reported anything about the province again.

Nshimirimana, who works for privately-owned Radio Isanganiro, was summoned and threatened by the gov...

Burundi has been in political turmoil ever since president Pierre Nkurunziza ran for a third term in 2015, flouting the country’s constitution. Nkurunuziza got his third term, but the country was plunged into crisis just as it was recovering from a thirteen-year civil war.

As hundreds flee fearing for their lives and the politically isolated opposition turns to violence, Nkurunziza distracts by passing a series of laws policing...


As Burundi becomes the first country to leave the International Criminal Court (ICC) this week, the
withdrawal is a test case for the commitment of the international community to global justice. Will there be
consequences for the country?


The first ever member state is about to leave the ICC silently. About a year ago the Burundian
government decided to withdraw from the Rome Statute, the ICC's founding treaty. It notifie...

October 13, 2017

The decision by Burundi’s National Council for Communication (CNC) to strip four broadcast media outlets of their licences and to suspend a radio station for three months will have disastrous consequences for the country’s already fragile media pluralism and for the safety of its journalists, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) says.

Announcing the decision on 28 September, CNC vice-president and spokesperson Aimée-Divine Niyokwizi...

September 7, 2017

The crisis that has engulfed Burundi since April 2015 is the result of infighting among a small number of insiders belonging to the ruling party, the CNDD-FDD. Having all fought in the bush together, some of them felt that the president, Pierre Nkurunziza, should make way for others to have a turn at the top job, and refused to accept his plan to rule for life.

Most senior members of the regime were and remain of...

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