Where Are Missing Witnesses to Crimes Against Humanity?
[IRIN] Dozens are reported to have been "forcibly disappeared", but the government denies there's an issue
CVR - Around 4600 Testimonies Collected in Ruyigi and Muramvya Provinces
[Iwacu] The Truth and Reconciliation Commission-CVR conducted a campaign in Muramvya and Ruyigi Provinces from 16 October to 7 November in Muramvya to collect evidence about what happened in Burundi since 1972 and identify the mass graves that should exist in those provinces. Around 2305 testimonies have been collected in Muramvya Province while 2323 in Ruyigi Province.
Journalism of Investigation in Africa - 'A Hard Nut to Crack'
[Iwacu] In a conference that brought together hundreds of investigative journalists from across the globe, African Investigative reporters say they meet a number of challenges when doing their job.
Media Regulator-CNC Warns Media That Don't Comply With Its Regulations
[Iwacu] Burundi Media Regulator-CNC warns media houses that will not conform to its rules and regulations will not work in Burundi from 2018. Journalists should be registered and media sign a specification note.
Politicians Disagree Over Procedure Used By Constitution Amendment Commission
[Iwacu] A six-month term given to the Commission in charge of amending the Burundi Constitution has expired this 15 November.
Opposition Coalition Not to Participate in Upcoming Talks' Session
[Iwacu] The coalition of opposition political parties in exile CNARED says it will not participate in the inter-Burundian talks scheduled from 26 November to 8 December in Arusha. The facilitation plans to repatriate the dialogue process in Burundi, which is a way to exclude opponents in exile, according to CNARED.
Will Other African Countries Follow Burundi Out of the ICC?
[ISS] The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has been authorised to begin investigations into alleged crimes against humanity in Burundi between 26 April 2015 and 26 October 2017.
Passengers to Kampala May Now Pass Through Kigali or Tanzania
[Iwacu] Passengers from Burundi to Kampala are no longer obliged to pass through Tanzania. Since two months, travel agencies can also go through Kigali. It is a huge relief for traders and passengers.
Human Trafficking Keeps On Increasing, Victims' Families Ask for Help
[Iwacu] More than 356 women and girls are victims of human trafficking since January 2017. Cases of people who leave families are observed in Bujumbura popular neighbourhoods. Some women decide to abandon their families to go to the Gulf Countries.
Soccer - Basetsana Must Overturn 2-0 Deficit to Burundi
[Sascoc] The Basetsana national women's Under-20 side are looking to overturn their 2-0 defeat to Burundi when they host their East African rivals in Soweto on Saturday.
Press Law Needs Application Texts for Greater Fulfillment
[Iwacu] The press law of 2015 needs its effective implementation for the added value of media houses and journalists. Ramadhan Karenga, the chairman of National Media Regulator (CNC) says the 2015 press law offers many advantages that benefited media houses and journalists. It was on the occasion of the celebration of the 25th anniversary of National Media Regulator and 10 years of the existence of an organic law that regulates CNC.
'Young Pioneers for Peace' Committed to Promoting Peace After 2015 Violence in Burundi
[Iwacu] A group of 15 youth from Muha Commune in Bujumbura initiated 'Young Pioneers for Peace' to promote peace in Burundi. Their goal is to break the prejudice between young people affiliated to different political parties so as to prevent violence.
Change of Constitution Is a Breach to Arusha Agreement, Burundi Opposition Warns
[Iwacu] "This unilateral process to amend the constitution reflects the will of president Nkurunziza to govern for life through a constitutional monarchy type system," reads a letter of 8November signed by Nestor Girukwishaka, on behalf of Agathon Rwasa , Evariste Ngayimpenda, members of the Amizero political coalition and Juvenal Ngorwanubusa, the chairman of MRC-Rurenzangemero party.
CNARED Condemns Tanzanian and Ugandan Presidents' Position Over ICC Decision
[Iwacu] CNARED, the opposition coalition in exile deplores the position of the Ugandan and Tanzanian presidents saying the latter have not a convincing argument. In a meeting held in Masaka in Uganda this 11 November, Ugandan and Tanzanian presidents condemned the recent decision of the ICC authorizing the prosecutor to open investigations into crimes committed in Burundi since 26 April 2017.
ICC Probes Grave Crimes in the Country
[CAJ News] Bujumbura -THE decision by the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate in Burundi gives victims hope those responsible for grave crimes over the past two years could be held to account. ICC is opening a probe following unchecked abuses, which include rape, torture and executions blamed on government forces and youths aligned to the ruling National Council for the Defense of Democracy - Forces for the Defense of Democracy (CNDD - FDD) of President Pierre Nkurunziza. ICC prosecutors have also identified murde
Burundi Slams ICC, Says It Will Not Co-Operate
[East African] Burundi has slammed the decision by the International Criminal Court to open investigations into alleged human-rights crimes committed in the country since 2015.
Magufuli, Museveni Criticise ICC Interfering in Burundi
[Daily News] PRESIDENT John Magufuli has castigated the ICC for interfering with the Burundian affairs without consulting the leaders of the East African Community (EAC), a move that retrogress the progress realised by the regional block, so far.
Hague War Crimes Judges Approve Burundi Investigation
[Deutsche Welle] Judges in The Hague have approved a full investigation into alleged crimes against humanity in Burundi, the first country to leave the International Criminal Court. Hundreds of people have been killed since 2015.
Hippo Movement in Neighborhoods Close to Lake Tanganyika, 'Sign of Threat'
[Iwacu] In recent days, residents of Bujumbura say they meet hippos in some neighborhoods near Lake Tanganyika.Environmentalists say these hippos come out of their natural habitat to seek food because they are threatened with hunger.
Two Months for Unmarried Couples to Wed
[This is Africa] To enact the president's orders on unmarried couples, Burundian officials have begun organizing mass weddings to meet the end of year deadline, something civil society activists oppose as "a violation of human rights".