Burundi

Election period sees clampdown on freedoms; Outgoing president Nkurunziza dies suddenly

Ahead of the May 2020 elections,United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Burundi launches an appeal to the international community to join forces to encourage the Burundian Government to reopen the democratic, civil and political space in the country; Opposition face hurdles and attacks ahead of elections; internet restrictions experienced on election day; while journalists and HRDs face prosecution for peacefully exercising their freedom of expression Read more  |  Read in French

Election period sees clampdown on freedoms; Outgoing president Nkurunziza dies suddenly

Opposition politician found slain as government warns media ahead of 2020 elections

United Nations Special Envoy to Burundi, Michael Kafando, announced plan to step down, opposition party member raped and killed, national media regulator announces new code of conduct for journalists covering upcoming elections, 4 journalists arrested and detained while covering clashes between armed group and security forces Read more  |  Read in French

Opposition politician found slain as government warns media ahead of 2020 elections

Commission of inquiry slams human rights abuses ahead of elections

UN Commission of Inquiry on Burundi (CoI) concluded in its report, released on 4 September 2019, the existence of a climate of fear and intimidation for those who do not support the ruling party, controversy surrounds the killing of two opposition party members on 11 July 2019, while in police custody, At least one person was killed and 10 others wounded after fighting occurred between members of ruling CNDD-FDD party and those of the National Congress for Liberty (CNL) opposition party in Mubimbi commune, CSO PARCEM suspended by government, HRD Germain Rukuki's 32 year sentence upheld by Court of Appeal in his absence, BBC closes office until further notice Read more

Commission of inquiry slams human rights abuses ahead of elections

Youth militias target fledgling opposition parties

Opposition party members continue to face harassment and intimidation from authorities and youth militias, independent media face suspension and revocation of licences. Read more  |  Read in French

Youth militias target fledgling opposition parties

Government bans NGOs for 3 months amid continued crackdown on civil society

International NGOs suspended from operating in Burundi, while dozens are arrested for attending a leadership meeting. Parents in southern Burundi compelled to contribute to elections, as children are expelled from school for non payment of this fee. Read more

Government bans NGOs for 3 months amid continued crackdown on civil society

Jailed human rights defender denied treatment

A human rights defender who has been in prison for a year was forcefully removed from hospital before making full recovery, while the right to education for girls is under attack. Read more

Another activist silenced: Germain Rukuki sentenced to 32 years in prison

On 26th April 2018, human rights defender Germain Rukuki was sentenced to 32 years in prison. The charges against him have been condemned by UN experts as “evidently linked to his work in defending human rights.” In the run-up to the referendum, the National Communication Council (NCC) also restricted what few independent media outlets were still accessible in the country Read more

Another activist silenced: Germain Rukuki sentenced to 32 years in prison

Human rights defenders convicted as Burundi prepares for controversial referendum

Three activists from PARCEM have been sentenced to ten years imprisonment for undermining state security. Human rights defender Germain Rukiki is facing a life sentence for his activism. Citizen are being forced to sign up to vote in the upcoming referendum to allow President Pierre Nkurunziza
to extend his term beyond 2020 Read more

Human rights defenders convicted as Burundi prepares for controversial referendum