United Nations investigators have warned of the danger that human rights atrocities could take place in Burundi ahead of presidential elections next year.
The last time Burundi held a presidential election, the country descended into one of East Africa’s most volatile civil conflicts. More than 1,200 people have been killed since President Pierre Nkurunziza announced he would run for a third term in
The United Nations has said Burundi is showing “encouraging signs” ahead of next year’s presidential election but warns the political landscape remains fragile.
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 has voted in favour of constitutional changes that would allow President Pierre Nkurunziza to extend his presidency by another 14 years after the next election in 2020.
The leader of Burundi’s main opposition group says the coalition will reject the outcome of a referendum on extending President Pierre Nkurunziza’s, accusing the government of using intimidation tactics to influence votes.
The people of Burundi are taking to the polls to vote in a constitutional referendum that could pave the way for President Pierre Nkurunziza to extend his rule until 2034.
Twenty-six people have been killed and a further seven injured in Burundi’s rural northwestern province of Cibitoke, during an attack carried out by a “terrorist group”, according to the country’s security minister.
Police in Burundi say they have arrested eight people for planning attacks to disrupt next month’s constitutional referendum that could allow Pierre Nkurunziza to maintain power until 2034.