The United Nations has said the government of Burundi forced the closure of its human rights office in the African nation.
Burundi has issued an international arrest warrant for ex-president Pierre Buyoya, accused of being involved in the assassination of former leader Melchior Ndadaye in 1993.
Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza says he will step down as the country’s leader in 2020, despite recent constitutional changes that mean he could run for another two terms.
Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza has announced the country will hold a referendum on constitutional changes that could extend his rule on May 17.
A third of Burundi’s population will need humanitarian assistance in 2018, the UN said on Tuesday.
In April 2015, Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza announced that he would run for a third term in power. The news rocked the East African country, sparking a civil conflict that’s displaced more than 400,000 Burundians and killed hundreds. The past
Burundi’s government is killing its own allies in order to keep them silent, according to reports from refugees and local rights groups.
A number of Burundi refugees who spoke to US publication VOA say they fear returning to their home country.
The International Criminal Court (ICC) has authorised a full investigation into allegations of crimes against humanity in Burundi.
The Burundian government has approved changes to the country’s constitution that could allow President Pierre Nkurunziza to extend his reign over the troubled nation for another 14 years.