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African vote throws UN Burundi abuse probe into question

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Diamond’s not the father of my twins, my Instagram was hacked — Burundian

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Museveni, Boris Johnson discuss South Sudan, Burundi

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Four Burundi nationals arrested in Isiolo while headed for Somalia to join Al-shabaab terror group

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At least 300 Burundian refugees willingly return home from Tanzania

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UN pins Burundi on human rights abuse

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Burundi opposition to boycott new round of talks: UN
New York - A new round of talks aimed at ending the political crisis in Burundi will open later this month in Tanzania, but the main opposition alliance will not take part, the UN envoy said on Monday. The meeting will bring together President Pierre Nkurunziza's government and opposition representatives in Arusha from November 27 to December 8. Envoy Michel Kafando told the UN Security Council the CNARED opposition alliance "was not ready to take part   Read More ...
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UN rebukes Burundi, Philippines president over threats
The UN human rights office on Tuesday condemned attacks and threats made against its investigators by senior Burundian officials and by Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte. “On Nov 9, Duterte threatened to slap UN special rapporteur Agnes Callamard if she investigates him for alleged extrajudicial killings,” human rights spokesman Rupert Covlille said. In April 2016, the ICC announced it had launched a “preliminary examination” of the situation in Burundi, at the time more than 430 people had reportedly been killed   Read More ...
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U.N. rebukes Burundi, Philippines president Duterte for threats
GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations human rights office on Tuesday condemned attacks and threats made against its investigators by senior Burundian officials and by Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte. “Last week Mr Duterte threatened to slap (U.N. special rapporteur Agnes) Callamard if she investigates him for alleged extrajudicial killings,” U.N. human rights spokesman Rupert Covlille said. Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay, editing by Tom Miles   Read More ...
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Burundi opposition to boycott new round of talks
A new round of talks aimed at ending the political crisis in Burundi will open later this month in Tanzania, but the main opposition alliance will not take part, the UN envoy said on Monday. The meeting will bring together President Pierre Nkurunziza's government and opposition representatives in Arusha from November 27 to December 8. Envoy Michel Kafando told the UN Security Council the CNARED opposition alliance "was not ready to take part   Read More ...
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UN rebukes Burundi, Philippines president Duterte for threats
GENEVA: The United Nations human rights office on Tuesday condemned attacks and threats made against its investigators by senior Burundian officials and by Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte. "Last week Mr Duterte threatened to slap (U.N. special rapporteur Agnes) Callamard if she investigates him for alleged extrajudicial killings," U.N. human rights spokesman Rupert Covlille said. (Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay, editing by   Read More ...
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Burundi opposition to boycott new round of talks: UN
UNITED NATIONS (UNITED STATES) (AFP) - A new round of talks aimed at ending the political crisis in Burundi will open later this month in Tanzania, but the main opposition alliance will not take part, the UN envoy said Monday. The meeting will bring together President Pierre Nkurunziza's government and opposition representatives in Arusha from November 27 to December 8. Envoy Michel Kafando told the UN Security Council the CNARED opposition alliance "was not ready to take part   Read More ...
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Basetsana thrash Burundi to keep 2018 World Cup dream alive
South Africa Women’s National U/20 side kept their World Cup dream alive with a 5-0 thrashing of Burundi at Dobsonville Stadium on Saturday. With the win, Basetsana overcame a 2-0 deficit from the first leg to advance to the third round of qualifiers where they will now meet Nigeria in the weekends of 12-14 and 26-28 January. A brace from captain Linda Motlhalo and solitary strikes from Khanya Xesi, Lelona Daweti and Gabriela Salgado saw Maude Khumalo’s charges cruise to victory   Read More ...
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THIS WEEK: ICC starts full probe into Burundi crisis
. Just weeks after Burundi officially exited from the International Criminal Court (ICC), judges of the court on Nov. 09 authorized the office of the prosecutor to commence probe into the political and security crisis in the country. The judges who said the ICC has jurisdiction over crimes committed in Burundi or by its nationals from December 2004 to 26 October 2017 when they withdrew are to investigate crimes against humanity that happened from 2015 when a civil war broke out in the nation as people protested a move by incumbent President Pierre Nkurunziza to seek a third term ignoring the constitution which provides for only two terms   Read More ...
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Do African states have an alternative to ICC?
Following the withdrawal of Burundi’s membership from the International Criminal Court (ICC), attacks on the court from the African continent are expected to increase. Emboldened by Burundi, more countries might even follow suit and withdraw from the court. Just last week, President Museveni and his Tanzanian counterpart John Magufuli criticised the ICC for launching a probe into alleged crimes committed during Burundi’s political crisis   Read More ...
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ICC War Crimes Judges Approve Burundi Investigation
Judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague approved on Thursday the chief prosecutor’s request for a full war crimes investigation in Burundi. The judges found there was “a reasonable basis to proceed with an investigation in relation to crimes against humanity” in their decision made on but not announced publicly until Thursday. United Nations investigators reported in September there was strong evidence of killings, torture and rape by mainly government forces but also by opposition groups in the land-locked, central African state   Read More ...
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Tanzania, Uganda leaders condemn ICC Burundi probe
Tanzanian President John Magufuli and his Ugandan counterpart Museveni have criticised the International Criminal Court (ICC) for launching a probe into alleged crimes committed during Burundi's political crisis.A statement from the Tanzanian presidency on Saturday said the two leaders had condemned the move, during a meeting in western Uganda. "President Magufuli said this decision compromised efforts by the East African Community, which has put in place a committee charged with seeking a resolution to the Burundi conflict, led by President Museveni and former Tanzanian president Benjamin Mkapa," said the statement   Read More ...
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Burundi radio station switched off for criticising killings
The director of a Burundi radio station said Friday his outlet is being temporarily taken off air after criticising the government over the killings of dozens of refugees in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). CCIB FM+, which is run by Burundi's chamber of commerce, had earlier this month aired an editorial lambasting authorities over their response to the deaths of 36 Burundian asylum seekers who were shot during a September 15 demonstration in DRC that also left one soldier dead   Read More ...
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Burundi radio station switched off for criticising killings
The director of a Burundi radio station said Friday his outlet is being temporarily taken off air after criticising the government over the killings of dozens of refugees in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). CCIB FM+, which is run by Burundi's chamber of commerce, had earlier this month aired an editorial lambasting authorities over their response to the deaths of 36 Burundian asylum seekers who were shot during a September 15 demonstration in DRC that also left one soldier dead   Read More ...
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Burundi radio station suspended for criticising killings
Nairobi - The director of a Burundi radio station said on Friday his outlet is being temporarily taken off air after criticising the government over the killings of dozens of refugees in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). CCIB FM+, which is run by Burundi's chamber of commerce, had earlier this month aired an editorial lambasting authorities over their response to the deaths of 36 Burundian asylum seekers who were shot during a September 15 demonstration in DRC that also left one soldier dead   Read More ...
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UN rights council extends Burundi abuses probe
Geneva - The UN Human Rights Council voted on Friday to extend the mission of an international probe into atrocities in Burundi, overriding strong pushback from the government accused of crimes against humanity. The adoption of the European Union resolution to prolong the mandate by a year came a day after the council's African bloc approved a separate measure to send a team of experts to Burundi that would report their findings to the government   Read More ...
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Burundi radio station suspended for criticising killings
Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | The director of a Burundi radio station said Friday his outlet is being temporarily taken off air after criticising the government over the killings of dozens of refugees in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). CCIB FM+, which is run by Burundi’s chamber of commerce, had earlier this month aired an editorial lambasting authorities over their response to the deaths of 36 Burundian asylum seekers who were shot during a September 15 demonstration in DRC that also left one soldier dead   Read More ...
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Burundi fails to stop UN probe on crimes against humanity
The UN Human Rights Council voted on Friday to extend its investigation into suspected crimes against humanity in Burundi, dealing a blow to an attempt by a group of African countries to dial down the level of scrutiny. Burundi had hoped that by promising to cooperate fully with the UN human rights office and inviting three experts to the country, the Council would drop its Commission of Inquiry   Read More ...
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Burundi refugees pressured return home, says rights group
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. There is pervasive climate of fear in Burundi two years after Nkurunziza changed Burundi's constitution and won a third term in office, which many opposed, said the rights group. More than 400,000 Burundians have fled the country fearing violence since April 2015 when Nkururunziza's candidacy sparked weeks of protests and a failed coup   Read More ...
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Burundi refugees pressured return home, says rights group
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. There is pervasive climate of fear in Burundi two years after Nkurunziza changed Burundi's constitution and won a third term in office, which many opposed, said the rights group. More than 400,000 Burundians have fled the country fearing violence since April 2015 when Nkururunziza's candidacy sparked weeks of protests and a failed coup   Read More ...
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Burundi refugees being pressured to return home: rights group
NAIROBI, Kenya - 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. There is pervasive climate of fear in Burundi two years after Nkurunziza changed Burundi's constitution and won a third term in office, which many opposed, said the rights group. More than 400,000 Burundians have fled the country fearing violence since April 2015 when Nkururunziza's candidacy sparked weeks of protests and a failed coup   Read More ...
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Group: Burundi refugees pressured to go home; still not safe
NAIROBI, Kenya – 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. There is pervasive climate of fear in Burundi two years after Nkurunziza changed Burundi's constitution and won a third term in office, which many opposed, said the rights group. More than 400,000 Burundians have fled the country fearing violence since April 2015 when Nkururunziza's candidacy sparked weeks of protests and a failed coup   Read More ...
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Burundi refugees pressured to go home; still not safe
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. There is pervasive climate of fear in Burundi two years after Nkurunziza changed Burundi's constitution and won a third term in office, which many opposed, said the rights group. More than 400,000 Burundians have fled the country fearing violence since April 2015 when Nkururunziza's candidacy sparked weeks of protests and a failed coup   Read More ...
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African vote throws UN Burundi abuse probe into question
The resolution, presented this week by a group of African countries, was controversial since it came on top of a far stronger text previously tabled by the European Union, the United States and Canada. That resolution, which will be voted on on Friday, calls for the UN’s Commission of Inquiry on Burundi, which has accused the country’s government of crimes against humanity — including executions, torture and rape — to continue its work   Read More ...
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UN agrees new team of experts for Burundi but European Union and US decry move
The UN Human Rights Council agreed on Thursday to send experts to work with Burundi’s government in pursuing perpetrators of “deplorable crimes” but the European Union and United States criticised the resolution. They said the last-minute move presented by African nations failed to take into account the conclusions of an existing probe which accused senior Burundian officials of atrocities that may amount to crimes against humanity   Read More ...
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Diamond’s not the father of my twins, my Instagram was hacked — Burundian
Social media bullies have been called out for illegally using photos of a Burundian woman, Honey Asmah, to cast aspersions on Diamond and Zari's relationship. The mother of the twins, who have been trending on social media because of claims they were sired by Tanzanian bongo star Diamond Platnumz, has come out to deny the whole story. She says nefarious characters took her photos and cloned her Instagram account and came up with the story   Read More ...
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Kyrgyzstan establishes diplomatic relations with Burundi
AKIPRESS.COM - Kyrgyzstan and the Republic of Burundi signed a joint communique on the establishment of diplomatic relations... You are trying to access paid-for content on our website. We charge 190 som for the access to this news article. You may also pay for one-month access to the website content by ordering subscription here. Full access to all news articles in English   Read More ...
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Museveni, Boris Johnson discuss South Sudan, Burundi
Kampala, Uganda | PPU | President Yoweri Museveni has held candid talks with the United Kingdoms Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson on the situation in Somalia, South Sudan and Burundi, telling him there must be a more serious concerted effort to flush out and stop Al-Shabaab militants from Somalia and called for the strengthening of AMISOM through provision of more equipment and personnel to finish the job   Read More ...
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Why were 39 Burundian refugees shot dead in the Congo?
Fast Facts Congolese security forces opened fire on Burundian refugees on Sept 15 39 refugees killed, 94 injured - 57 critically DRC has launched probe There are 44,000 Burundian refugees in DRC On Friday, Congolese forces opened fire on a crowd of protesting Burundian refugees in the Democratic Republic of Congo. At least 39 people - including a 10-year-old girl - were killed and 94 others injured in the incident in South Kivu   Read More ...
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Museveni, UK’s Boris Johnson discuss South Sudan, Burundi
President Museveni has held candid talks with the United Kingdoms Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson on the situation in Somalia South Sudan and Burundi.Mr Museveni told Boris that there must be a more serious concerted effort to flush out and stop al-Shabaab militants from Somalia and called for the strengthening of AMISOM through provision of more equipment and personnel to finish the job   Read More ...
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Dozens killed after DRC soldiers open fire on Burundi refugees
18 September, 03:45 PM The Democratic Republic of Congo government has opened an inquiry, after soldiers fired on Burundian refugees in the eastern South Kivu province, killing dozens. Watch for more. Government spokesperson Lambert Mende also claimed that many of those killed during the clashes were members of an "armed group," without providing details. The UN's Monusco peacekeeping mission in the country had said on Saturday that at least 36 refugees were killed in the violence in Kamanyola on Friday, in which a Congolese soldier also died   Read More ...
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DR Congo forces kill 37 Burundi migrants
Security forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo have shot dead 37 Burundian migrants who were protesting after four of their countrymen were expelled, the UN says. Its peacekeeping mission Monusco said another 117 were injured during the incident in the east of the country. Government sources said protesters overran a prison where the Burundians were being held for deportation. The UN has called for an investigation into exactly what happened   Read More ...
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DR Congo opens inquiry into killing of dozens of Burundian refugees
The Democratic Republic of Congo said Sunday that it had opened an inquiry after soldiers fired on Burundian refugees in the eastern South Kivu province, killing dozens.Government spokesman Lambert Mende also claimed that many of those killed during the clashes were members of an "armed group", without providing details. The UN's MONUSCO peacekeeping mission in the country had said Saturday that at least 36 refugees were killed in the violence in Kamanyola on Friday, in which a Congolese soldier also died   Read More ...
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DR Congo opens inquiry into killing of dozens of Burundian refugees
Kinshasa, DR Congo | AFP | The Democratic Republic of Congo said Sunday that it had opened an inquiry after soldiers fired on Burundian refugees in the eastern South Kivu province, killing dozens. Government spokesman Lambert Mende also claimed that many of those killed during the clashes were members of an “armed group”, without providing details. The UN’s MONUSCO peacekeeping mission in the country had said Saturday that at least 36 refugees were killed in the violence in Kamanyola on Friday, in which a Congolese soldier also died   Read More ...
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DRC opens inquiry into killing of dozens of Burundian refugees
Kinshasa - The Democratic Republic of Congo said Sunday that it had opened an inquiry after soldiers fired on Burundian refugees in the eastern South Kivu province, killing dozens. Government spokesperson Lambert Mende also claimed that many of those killed during the clashes were members of an "armed group", without providing details. The UN's Monusco peacekeeping mission in the country had said on Saturday that at least 36 refugees were killed in the violence in Kamanyola on Friday, in which a Congolese soldier also died   Read More ...
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Troops kill 18 Burundian refugees in DR Congo: officials
Bukavu, DRC — Troops shot dead 18 Burundian refugees in clashes in Kamanyola in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, local officials in the eastern province of South Kivu said Saturday, giving what they said was a provisional toll. A Burundian refugee said that more than 30 had been killed and at least 100 wounded. Interior ministry official Josue Boji said troops had tried to disperse the refugees by "firing in the air but were overwhelmed" when the group responded by throwing stones in Friday's confrontation   Read More ...
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Offering a taste of Burundi to Detroit
Hamissi Mamba and his wife Nadia Nijimbere left Burundi for the US in 2015 after a flare up of ethnic-based political violence. They did not speak a word of English or enough money to start their lives afresh, with twins on the way. They even had to live in a shelter for refugees for some time. “I have a degree in business administration but couldn’t find a job so I ended up working in a factory,” said Mamba   Read More ...
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36 Burundi refugees killed in clashes with Congo forces: UN
BUJUMBURA, BURUNDI—At least 36 Burundian refugees have been killed in clashes with Congolese security forces who allegedly fired indiscriminately at protesters, the United Nations envoy to Congo said Saturday.   Read More ...
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36 Burundi refugees killed in clashes with Congo forces: UN
BUJUMBURA, Burundi -- At least 36 Burundian refugees have been killed in clashes with Congolese security forces who allegedly fired indiscriminately at protesters, the United Nations envoy to Congo said Saturday. Maman Sidikou said he was "deeply shocked" at the violence. Another 117 people were wounded and one Congolese officer was killed, he said in a statement. Thirty-nine gravely wounded Burundian refugees were evacuated by helicopter to the city of Bukavu, the U   Read More ...
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36 Burundi refugees killed in clashes with Congo forces: UN
BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — At least 36 Burundian refugees have been killed in clashes with Congolese security forces who allegedly fired indiscriminately at protesters, the United Nations envoy to Congo said Saturday. Maman Sidikou said he was "deeply shocked" at the violence. Another 117 people were wounded and one Congolese officer was killed, he said in a statement. Thirty-nine gravely wounded Burundian refugees were evacuated by helicopter to the city of Bukavu, the U   Read More ...
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The Latest: UN: 36 Burundi refugees killed in Congo clashes
BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — The Latest on the killing of Burundian refugees in Congo (all times local): The United Nations envoy to Congo says at least 36 Burundian refugees have been killed in clashes with Congolese security forces near the Burundi border. Maman Sidikou says he is "deeply shocked" at the violence, adding that Congolese security forces allegedly fired indiscriminately on protesters   Read More ...
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