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2017-07-24 President Tells Refugees to Come Home
[VOA] Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza has invited people who fled the country during violent political unrest two years ago to return home.

2017-07-24 'Refugees Return When Conditions Are Favorable'
[Iwacu] A delegation of the facilitation, EAC and AU visited a refugee camp in Tanzania. The objective was to explore the possibilities of Burundian repatriation. A decision challenged by some people.

2017-07-24 Hilal and Merreikh-Less Sudan Face Burundi
[CAF] For the first time in decades, a Sudan national team has been assembled without players from the nation's two most glamourous clubs, El Hilal and El Merreikh.

2017-07-22 Abducted Journalist Remains Missing, One Year On
[Iwacu] Iwacu Press Group commemorates one year of the disappearance of its journalist, Jean Bigirimana, who has gone missing since 22 July 2016. No evidence of his death so far .

2017-07-23 Burundi - 'Horrific Times' for Critical Press
[Deutsche Welle] One year ago in Burundi, journalist Jean Bigirimana disappeared without a trace. The government is playing down the case, but critics say freedom of the press is in dire straits in the crisis-torn East African country.

2017-07-22 Jean Bigirimana 'Is Not On Holidays'!
[Iwacu] On 22 July 2017, day after day, it will be a year without our colleague ... A confused feeling invades us. Commemorating a year of "disappearance"? But, apart from his absence of 365 days, we have no concrete evidence to conclude his death. It's always this atrocious doubt. Desperate, one clings to the smallest, the most doubtful hope.

2017-07-21 President Magufuli Urges Burundians to Return Home
[Daily News] Ngara -President John Magufuli yesterday suspended temporarily the registration and naturalisation of Burundian refugees, urging the immigrants to return home.

2017-07-20 Teenagers Go 'Missing' After U.S. Competition
[allAfrica] Six Burundi teenagers who travelled to Washington, DC in the United States to take part in a robotics competition were reported as having gone missing after the competition was over.

2017-07-21 University of Burundi Launches a PhD Programme
[Iwacu] On 20 July, the University of Burundi has officially launched the doctoral programme for candidates who already hold a Master's degree.

2017-07-21 Human Rights Watch Submission to the Universal Periodic Review of Burundi
[HRW] In late April 2015, the announcement by the ruling National Council for the Defense of Democracy-Forces for the Defense of Democracy (CNDD-FDD) that Nkurunziza would stand for a third term ignited protests in the capital Bujumbura, and later in other locations. Many Burundians believed that the president's third term violated a 2000 peace agreement that sets a maximum of two five-year presidential terms. Police suppressed the protests violently, shot dead dozens of demonstrators, and injured many others. F

2017-07-21 Two Teens Spotted Crossing Canadian Border
[Deutsche Welle] Six Burundi teenagers have vanished after taking part in a robotics tournament in Washington DC. Police said they suspected no "foul play," feeding speculation that the group wanted to avoid returning home.

2017-07-21 National Football Team Overcomes Freeze Shock, Leaves for Burundi
[SudaNow] The National Football Team of Sudan has finally overcome the FIFA freeze shock and is now heading for Bujumbura, Burundi, to play against that country's national squad as part of the African Nations Championship (CHAN) contest.

2017-07-20 The Collateral Damage of the FIDH Report On Burundi
[Daily Maverick] When you work on sensitive cases such as Burundi it is important and necessary to be prudent, to be fair and to ensure that the message you send out will contribute to peace and cohesion. There is a danger in just a single story, writes PATRICK HAJAYANDI.

2017-07-21 Human Rights Watch Submission to the Universal Periodic Review of Burundi
[HRW] In late April 2015, the announcement by the ruling National Council for the Defense of Democracy-Forces for the Defense of Democracy (CNDD-FDD) that Nkurunziza would stand for a third term ignited protests in the capital Bujumbura, and later in other locations. Many Burundians believed that the president's third term violated a 2000 peace agreement that sets a maximum of two five-year presidential terms.

2017-07-20 Police Seize Over 150 Taxis in Bujumbura
[Iwacu] The police have seized more than 150 cabs for security reasons since 17 July. Taxi drivers say they do not know why their cars were seized arguing that the Road Traffic Police issued them necessary document to work. They deplore that it is a great loss to spend two days without working.

2017-07-20 Security Is Well Ensured On Burundi Borders, Say MPs
[Iwacu] During the plenary session at the National Assembly where the ministers of Public Security and Defense were invited to throw light on security related issues, they say security is ensured throughout the Burundian territory.

2017-07-20 Political Actors Accuse EAC of Helping Government Force Refugees to Return
[Iwacu] A visit to a Burundi refugee camp in Tanzania by delegations and personalities mainly from the EAC was seen by critics as a move to force the refugees to return.

2017-07-19 Mandela Tactics Should Inspire Stakeholders in Burundi Talks, Say Politicians
[Iwacu] Political leaders believe Mandela inheritance should inspire stakeholders in Burundi peace talks to resolve the current Burundi crisis. He enormously contributed to the 2000 Burundi peace plan which resulted in the Arusha Agreement that ended a decade of civil war. They have said that on 18 July, the date on which the world celebrates the Nelson Mandela Day.

2017-07-18 Rights Groups Urge ICC to Begin Full Investigation Into Human Rights Violations
[Iwacu] Nine local human rights organisations urge the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to begin full investigation into gross human rights violations in Burundi to bring perpetrators to justice.

2017-07-18 Security Minister Compares Recent Grenade Explosions With Terrorist Attacks
[Iwacu] Despite the grenade attacks that claimed five lives and injured over 70 within seven days, the Minister of Public Security says the security situation is generally good throughout Burundi.

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