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Burundi campaigns begin amid clampdown

Burundi authorities and ruling party members have used fear and repression against the political opposition and the last remaining independent organizations and media ahead of the country’s general elections, Human Rights Watch said on Monday. Widespread impunity...

Burundi election campaigns kick-off amid COVID-19, harassment and tension

Political campaigning ahead of the May 20 presidential elections officially kicked off in Burundi on Friday amid COVID-19 pandemic and continued intimidation of people by the Imbonerakure youth wing of the ruling party, the National Council...

Human Rights Watch warns President Pierre Nkurunziza any COVID-19 cover-up in Burundi will put lives at Risk

Burundian authorities risk putting people in grave danger without the free flow of fact-based information on the COVID-19 pandemic, Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday. Speaking about the country’s exposure to the virus, President Pierre Nkurunziza’s...

Amnesty urges Burundi to drop demand on international NGOs to disclose ethnic identity of employees

The Burundi government must scrap a dangerous requirement for international non-governmental organizations (INGOs) to declare the ethnicities of their Burundian employees, Amnesty International said on Thursday. In a letter dated 13 February, the Minister of Patriotic Training...

Journalists sent to jail in Burundi amid onslaught on free speech as elections Loom – Human Rights Watch

Human Rights watch on Tuesday condemned the conviction of four Burundian journalists in a flawed trial on January 30, 2020, describing it as a clear example of the misuse of the justice system to stifle freedom of expression...

Burundi: Amnesty condemns jailing of journalists Agnès Ndirubusa, Christine Kamikazi, Egide Harerimana and Térence Mpozenzi

Amnesty International on Thursday condemned the sentencing of four Burundian journalists - Agnès Ndirubusa, Christine Kamikazi, Egide Harerimana and Térence Mpozenzi - from the Iwacu Press Group, one of the country’s last remaining independent media houses,...

African Development Bank approves €8 million grant to supply electricity to DRC, Burundi and Rwanda

The African Development Bank Group has approved an €8 million grant drawn from the European Union’s Africa Investment Platform (EU-AIP) to support the preparation of the Ruzizi IV Hydropower Project. The plant...

Human Rights Watch warns “voluntary contributions” for elections in Burundi open door to abuse

Human Rights Watch said on Friday that local authorities and members of the much-feared youth league of Burundi's ruling party have extorted donations for the upcoming elections in 2020, in many cases by threat or force.

First Lady of Burundi Denise Nkurunziza releases song to break stigma around infertility

The First Lady of Burundi, Denise Nkurunziza, has released her first song. The song aims to empower women and break the stigma around infertility in Africa and rest of the world.

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“I’m innocent” – President of African Development Bank Akinwumi Adesina releases statement

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African Development Bank approves €88 million ($98 million) loan for Senegal to respond to COVID-19

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