Burundi

Burundi: Government orders unmarried couples to wed before the year runs out

The government of Burundi has ordered its unmarried couples to make things official and wed before the end of 2017 to show patriotism and help protect women. President Pierre Nkurunziza signed the order into law in May and his government insists a legal document recognising a marriage helps protect women and their children, especially when […]

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Burundi bans women from playing traditional drums

Burundi’s president, Pierre Nkurunziza, has introduced strict controls over the country’s renowned drumming rituals, banning female drummers and limiting the sacred tradition to official events. “It is strictly forbidden to those of the female sex to beat drums. They can however carry out female folk dances accompanying the drums,”  that was signed late last month. […]

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Burundi’s cabinet gives backing to extension of president Pierre Nkurunziza’s rule

Burundi’s cabinet backed a constitutional change that would allow its president to stay in office until 2034, widening a political rift that has driven the country progressively deeper into crisis. Under existing laws, Burundian presidents are limited to two five-year terms. Unrest that has gripped Burundi since April 2015, when Pierre Nkurunziza announced he would […]

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Burundi becomes first country to leave International Criminal Court

Burundi is becoming the first country to withdraw from the International Criminal Court. An ICC spokesman confirmed that the pullout takes effect Friday, a year after the East African nation notified the United Nations secretary-general of its intention to leave the court that prosecutes the world’s worst atrocities. Burundi is the only one of three […]

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