Burundi

Burundi suspends BBC, VOA operations.

Burundi has announced broadcast bans on two international networks. The measure which takes off on Monday May 7 affects the Voice of America (VOA) and the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). According to a statement released by the government, the ban is to last for a period of six months and the reason for the suspension is for […]

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US denies hand in violence ahead of presidential referendum in Burundi

The U.S. State Department on Tuesday denounced recent political violence in Burundi ahead of the country’s May 17 referendum to amend its constitution and expressed concerns that the vote to extend its president’s term in office could hurt its democratic institutions. “We denounce the numerous instances of violence, intimidation, and harassment committed against perceived opponents […]

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Three rights activists sentenced to 10 years in Burundi

Three civil rights activists in Burundi accused of undermining security have been sentenced in their absence to 10 years in prison, judicial sources said on Friday. Emmanuel Nshimirimana, Aime Constant Gatore and Marius Nizigiyimana, members of the campaign group Parcem, had been planning a human rights workshop, according to fellow activists. “Our friends have not […]

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Burundians forced to sign up to vote in referendum – opposition

Burundians are being forced to sign up to vote in a May referendum on extending presidential term limits, Burundian opposition figures and residents say, although the government denies the allegations. The constitutional amendment would extend the presidential term to seven years from five, allowing President Pierre Nkurunziza to run again in 2020. It would limit […]

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