NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Burundi has sentenced 34 people to life in prison after accusing them of a coup attempt against the former president, but all are living in exile.
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Burundi’s ruling party has selected as the former president of the country's senate to be the new secretary-general.
Reverien Ndikuriyo was picked Sunday by the ruling...
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Burundi will close its land and water borders starting Monday and all passengers passing through the Bujumbura airport will be escorted by police, the government said Friday...
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Nearly 500 Burundian refugees living in Rwanda began their journey back to their home country Thursday, the first group to return after five years in exile following deadly...
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A United Nations commission of inquiry warns that it will take more than a new president to reverse the trend of repression in the East African country of Burundi.
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Burundian refugees in Tanzania say they fear being forced to return to their country now that a new president has taken power and invited them home.
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Burundi’s new president has signaled that his government will take the coronavirus pandemic more seriously than his dead predecessor, calling the virus the country’s “worst...
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Burundi’s constitutional court on Friday said the president-elect should be sworn in as soon as possible, ending uncertainty created by the death of President Pierre...
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Its president dead, Burundi on Thursday turned to the constitutional court to help fill the power vacuum ahead of the expected August swearing-in of the president-elect...
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza has died of a heart attack at age 56, the government announced Tuesday, ending a 15-year-rule marked by deadly political violence and a...
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — An appeals court in Burundi on Friday upheld the two-and-a-half-year prison sentence for four journalists convicted on charges of trying to undermine state security....
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — The candidate of Burundi's ruling party, Evariste Ndayishimiye, has been declared the winner of the country's presidential election.
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Burundi’s leading opposition candidate says more than 200 party supporters were arrested during Wednesday’s election, and he is keeping open the possibility of challenging...
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A crucial election appeared peaceful Wednesday in the East African nation of Burundi, where President Pierre Nkurunziza is stepping aside after a divisive 15-year rule but...
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Burundi is pushing ahead with an election on Wednesday that will end the president's divisive and bloody 15-year rule.
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Burundi's main opposition party has chosen Agathon Rwasa, a former rebel leader and rival of outgoing President Pierre Nkurunziza, as its candidate in the upcoming...
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A court in Burundi on Thursday sentenced four journalists to two and a half years in prison after they were convicted on charges of trying to undermine state...
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Repression has intensified in Burundi as the country prepares to hold elections, according to a human rights research group.
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Burundi's ruling party has chosen an army general to be its candidate in the presidential election set for May, signaling that the country's president will now retire after...
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Burundi's president could receive the title of “paramount leader” under draft legislation approved by the government Wednesday as his troubled third term nears an end....
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Burundi’s president has again indicated he will not run for another term next year in the politically volatile East African nation.
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Human Rights Watch says tens of thousands of Burundian refugees face mounting pressure to involuntarily leave Tanzania amid efforts by authorities there to reduce the number...
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Four journalists in Burundi and their driver were charged Saturday with undermining state security, according to their newspaper and Human Rights Watch.
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A U.N. report says the turmoil from the 2015 crisis caused by Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza's term extension hasn't been resolved, and the climate of fear and...
BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — It made history as the first country to quit the International Criminal Court. Then it kicked out the United Nations human rights office. Even as Burundi's vice president...
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A parent and a teacher say six schoolgirls in Burundi have been detained for scribbling on an image of the country's president in schoolbooks.
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Burundi's government has forced the United Nations human rights office in the troubled East African country to close after 23 years, the U.N. rights chief announced with...
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Rwandan President Paul Kagame says at least two soldiers were killed when rebels crossed into the country from Congo earlier this week.
Kagame on Friday blamed the Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda, which has links to perpetrators of the 1994 genocide, and the Rwanda National Congress, founded by a former army chief.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. special envoy for Burundi called for a re-evaluation of the ways to help the African nation emerge from its current political crisis on Wednesday, with a view to elections in 2020.
Michel Kafando told the Security Council that tensions remain high between the government and opposition, there is a "deficit of trust" between the political opponents, and "hate speech" continues against opposition figures.
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Burundi's government has suspended the operations of non-governmental organizations for three months, saying that "many of them do not respect the law."
The action was announced late Thursday by the National Council of Security, which is chaired by President Pierre Nkurunziza. It was not immediately clear how many local and international NGOs are suspended as of Oct. 1, though several civil society leaders told The Associated Press that only international ones were targeted.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council says a political settlement in Burundi is crucial ahead of elections in 2020 and is urging all parties, especially the government, to participate "actively and unconditionally" in an inter-Burundian dialogue.
In a statement Wednesday night, the council reiterated its concern at the slow pace of the dialogue led by the East African community and "the lack of engagement by the government of Burundi."
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. envoy for Burundi urged the Security Council on Thursday to appeal to all protagonists to take part in a new dialogue aimed at helping end the country's political crisis.
Michel Kafando told the council Thursday that President Pierre Nkurunziza's announcement in June that he will not run for another term and will support the winner of presidential elections in 2020 "offer us an opportunity to make progress in reaching a final settlement of the Burundian question."
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Burundi's president announced Thursday he will not run for another term, even as he put in place a new constitution that would allow him to stay in power until 2034.
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Burundi's constitutional court has upheld the results of the May 17 referendum showing most voters supported constitutional changes that could allow the president to stay in power until 2034.
The court on Thursday rejected a petition filed by the opposition alleging intimidation and abuse, validating the official results showing more than 73 percent of 4.7 million voters supported the amendments.
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Burundi's main opposition coalition asked the constitutional court on Thursday to invalidate the results of last week's referendum on constitutional changes to allow the president to stay in power until 2034.
The leader of Amizero y'Abarundi's parliamentary group alleged that the vote was marred by intimidation and abuses. Pierre Celestin Ndikumana told reporters they were optimistic "considering the extent of the complaints."
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A majority of Burundi's voters agreed to amend the constitution in changes that could prolong the rule of President Pierre Nkurunziza until 2034, the country's electoral commission announced Monday.
More than 73 percent of 4.7 million voters in the May 17 referendum supported the constitutional amendments, with only 19 percent opposing the changes, official results showed.
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Vote-counting has started in Burundi's referendum on constitutional changes that would extend the president's rule until 2034.
Five million Burundians were registered to vote in Thursday's referendum that raised concerns about further bloodshed in the East African country that has seen deadly political violence since 2015.
It is not clear when final results will be announced.
BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — Burundi's president joined long lines of voters Thursday in a referendum that could extend his rule until 2034, despite widespread opposition and fears that the country's years of deadly political turmoil will continue.
"I thank all Burundians who woke up early in the morning to do this noble patriotic gesture," President Pierre Nkurunziza said after casting his ballot in his home province of Ngonzi.
BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — Burundians vote Thursday in a referendum that could keep the president in power until 2034 and threatens to prolong a political crisis that has seen more than 1,000 people killed and hundreds of thousands fleeing to neighboring countries.
BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — The United Nations' human rights chief calls last week's deadly attack in Burundi a "very dangerous development" ahead of Thursday's referendum that could extend the president's rule.
Zeid Ra'ad al Hussein spoke Tuesday following Friday's attack in rural Burundi that killed 26 people, including 11 children. The government blames the attack on a "terrorist group."
Zeid says the attack in Cibitoke could have been motivated by politics or other reasons.
BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — One ruling party official urged supporters "to castrate the enemy." Another called for drowning the regime's opponents in a lake.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The United States is denouncing "violence, intimidation, and harassment" in Burundi against people thought to oppose a referendum this month that would allow the president to stay in power for another 14 years.
The State Department statement expressed concern about the "non-transparent process" of changing the constitution in the May 17 referendum. It says incumbents' efforts to stay in office beyond term limits weaken democratic institutions.
BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — A court in Burundi has jailed an official who allegedly called for the drowning of the government's opponents.
The charging and conviction of Melchiade Nzopfabarushe in just hours is rare punishment for a government supporter in this country plagued by the threat of violence stemming from the president's political moves.
Tensions are rising over the May 17 referendum proposing a constitutional change that would allow President Pierre Nkurunziza to extend his rule.
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Thousands of Burundi refugees are under pressure to go home where they risk being killed, tortured or raped, an international human rights group said Friday.
DODOMA, Tanzania (AP) — The U.N. refugee agency has started repatriating hundreds of Burundian refugees back home from neighboring Tanzania.
Emmanuel Maganga, government commissioner for the Kigoma region in northwestern Tanzania, said 300 refugees returned home Thursday using public transport.
At least 12,000 Burundian refugees have signed up for voluntary repatriation. Maganga said the initial agreement with U.N. officials says 300 Burundians will be repatriated every week.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Crimes against humanity are being committed in Burundi, according to a United Nations commission of inquiry.
Killings, torture, sexual violence, degrading treatment, enforced disappearances and arbitrary arrests have been taking place since April 2015, according to the report published Monday.
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania (AP) — Tanzania's government is urging the United Nations refugee agency to quickly repatriate thousands of Burundian refugees who it says want to return home.
Home Affairs Minister Mwigulu Nchemba said Friday that over 8,000 refugees are "pushing to be returned" after they registered for voluntary repatriation.
UNHCR in Tanzania did not respond to a request for comment.
BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — Burundian police say one person has been killed and 29 others injured in overnight grenade attacks in the capital.
Police spokesman Pierre Nkurikiye said the attacks on Thursday night targeted two bars in the Buyenzi quarter of Bujumbura.
Nkurikiye said it was not immediately clear who was responsible for the apparently coordinated attacks.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council expressed alarm Wednesday over reports of torture and extrajudicial killings in Burundi and about an increasing number of refugees who are fleeing the tiny East African nation, now totaling over 416,000 people.
A presidential statement reiterated the council's intention to pursue sanctions against all those inside and outside the country "who threaten the peace and security of Burundi."
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Burundi-born Eric Ndayisenga and his friends in exile religiously listen to a radio station that urges liberation from the deadly political violence back home. One day the report brought grief instead.
His sister Zainabu and a friend had been found dead, stabbed and their throats slit, in Burundi's capital, Bujumbura.