Burundi’s Catholic Church says political violence and intimidation is worsening in the country ahead of next year’s presidential election.
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
Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza has renamed a number of national and historic landmarks in a move he says should “remind Burundians of their history.”
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’s application to join the Southern African Development Council (SADC) has been rejected over concerns about the country’s political instability and ongoing tensions with neighbouring Rwanda.
Burundi’s Supreme Court has ordered the seizure of assets belonging to exiled opposition members.
Three schoolgirls in Burundi are facing up to five years in prison for drawing on pictures of President Pierre Nkurunziza.
Burundi has announced it is moving the country’s political capital from Bujumbura to Gitega.
Burundi has called upon the UN to remove the country political and security situation form the Security Council’s agenda.
The United Nations has accused Burundi’s ruling party of facilitating human rights violations against government opponents.