Almost 600 Burundian refugees have returned to the country from neighbouring Tanzania as part of a major repatriation campaign.
Burundi’s Catholic Church says political violence and intimidation is worsening in the country ahead of next year’s presidential election.
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
Tanzania says it has reached an agreement with Burundi to send back all Burundian refugees to the neighbouring country, starting from October this year.
Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called upon authorities in Burundi to complete criminal proceedings over the 2004 Gatumba refugee camp attack that killed more than 150 Congolese civilians.
Malaria has killed more than 1,800 people in Burundi this year, according to the United Nations.
Burundi has appointed the leader of the ruling party’s notorious youth league militia as head of its state-run broadcaster.
Burundi’s ambassador to Geneva, Rénovat Tabu, has rejected findings from a UN commission that allege serious ongoing human rights abuses in the country.
Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza has renamed a number of national and historic landmarks in a move he says should “remind Burundians of their history.”