Police Spokesman - 'Police and Military Don't Violate Road Safety Code'
[Iwacu] Pierre Nkurikiye, the spokesman of the Burundi national police, refutes the accusations by the chairman of the road safety watchdog organization (OSR) that soldiers and police officers violate or fail to enforce the road safety code.
HIV/Aids Seems Neglected in Burundi
[Iwacu] Jeanne Gapiya, Legal Representative of Burundian National Association in Support of People Living with HIV/AIDS-ANSS, says Burundians seem to ignore the existence of HIV/AIDS. She says that while the world celebrates on December 1st of each year the day dedicated to HIV/AIDS. The Health Ministry states it is much concerned about the lack of willingness of the population to do AIDS testing.
Chinese to Erect Statues to Help Burundi Honour National Heroes
[Iwacu] Pedestals are being built in the municipality of Bujumbura for life-size statues of the heroes of independence and democracy, Prince Louis Rwagasore and President Melchior Ndadaye respectively.
Burundi Accuses Rwanda of Trying to Kill Nkurunziza's Top Aide
[East African] Diplomatic hostilities between Burundi and Rwanda continue to deepen after Bujumbura accused Kigali of being behind the recent failed assassination attempt of President Pierre Nkurunziza's top aide.
Woman Arbitrarily Arrested Over Family Conflict in Rumonge
[Iwacu] A woman complains that she has been unfairly jailed by an administrative official who abused his power to solve family conflict in Gitaza zone of the southern province of Rumonge.
Burundian Refugees Influx in Tanzania Poses Challenges to World Food Programme
[Daily News] The influx of Burundi refugees in Tanzania poses major challenges to the World Food Programme (WFP) as it experiences a shortfall in funding, it was disclosed yesterday.
Burundi Refugees at Mahama Get New Water Treatment Plant
[New Times] Burundian refugees living at Mahama camp in Kirehe District will no longer have to worry about water supply after a water treatment plant was inaugurated at the camp.
UN Experts Urge Burundi Government to Protect Civilians
[Iwacu] In a statement issued on 29 November, the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) has called on Burundi government to take prompt and effective action to protect civilians, by authorizing a United Nations police contingent to monitor the security and human rights situation in the country.
Armel Niyongere - Elected As Member of OMCT General Assembly
[Iwacu] World Organization Against Torture -OMCT General Assembly held on 26 November in Geneva, Switzerland, elected new members including Armel Niyongere, a Burundian human rights defender. He was chosen for his commitment to fighting against impunity and torture in Burundi.
Burundi - Human Rights Leagues With Controversial Missions
[Iwacu] On 26 November, the Home Affairs Ministry organized a public protest march in the Burundian capital for two reasons: to protest against the deployment of the three commissioners of enquiry on the human rights situation in Burundi, recently appointed by the UN Human Rights Commission and to denounce the involvement of Belgium in the destabilization of Burundi.
Rumonge - Crosses Allegedly Drawn On Homes of Political Opponents
[Iwacu] Over the last week, residents of Mugomere and Birimba, two districts in the municipality of Rumonge (southern province), found black crosses drawn on their walls and fences overnight.
Sugar Price Increase in Bujumbura City
[Iwacu] The price of sugar varies between BIF 2400 and BIF 2600 in some Bujumbura neighborhoods while the official price is BIF 1900. In Bwiza neighborhood of Mukaza Commune, a kg of sugar costs BIF 2400. "We can hardly find sugar. It has gone scarce since the past two weeks", says a vendor met in one of the shops at Bwiza on the 4th avenue. He says he does not know the reason why the sugar price is dramatically increasing.
'Edouard Nduwimana Elected As Ombudsman'
[Iwacu] On Monday, 21 November, Edouard Nduwimana, was elected by the National Assembly as the new Burundi Ombudsman. 106 MPs voted for him, 9 against and one abstention. An aberration for some and satisfaction for others.
Sociopolitical Crisis is Main Cause of GDP Decline, Watchdog Says
[Iwacu] The Observation for Fight against Corruption and Economic Embezzlement (OLUCOME) has sounded the alarm on Burundi's economic situation. It is calling for all relevant parties to engage in inclusive talks to find solutions to the socio-political, economic and security crisis facing Burundi since April 2015.
Army Officials Seek to Allay Cadets' Fears for Security
[Iwacu] "Be aware of unverified information on social media, and don't listen to radios transmitting misleading information", said Gaston Sindimwo, first Vice President, at a meeting with cadets who are often targeted with alarming information about their security. He called on the cadets to show unity and solidarity and told them "to turn their backs to those encouraging them to destroy their motherland".
Bujumbura Refuses to Cooperate With UN Commission of Inquiry
[Iwacu] The UN Human Rights body appointed on 22 November three commissioners namely Fatsah Ouguergouz (Algeria), Reina Alapini Gansu (Benin) and Francoise Hampson (United Kingdom) to investigate human rights violations and abuses committed in Burundi. Ouguergouz will serve as the Chair of the three-member Commission. The Commission has also been mandated to identify the alleged perpetrators of violations and abuses since April 2015.
EAC Secretariat Pledges Journalists to Report On Community News
[Iwacu] "I believe that the media has a big role to play in EAC integration process. The media has a mammoth task of not only educating East Africans on the benefits of integration but also updating them on the achievements", says Simon Owaka, Senior Public relations Officer in the EAC Secretariat General, on behalf of the EAC Secretary General, LibÃ©rat Mpfumukeko.
UN Human Rights Body Appoints Commission of Inquiry
[UN News] Following a decision of the United Nations Human Rights Council, in which it setup a commission of inquiry to investigate human rights violations and abuses in Burundi, including whether they may constitute international crimes, the President of the body has appointed the Commission's Chair and members.
Burundi, a Country of Fear and Violence
[HRW] For the past year and a half, the Burundian government has brutally crushed any form of dissent. Since the crisis triggered by President Pierre Nkurunziza's decision to run for a controversial third term began, hundreds of people have been killed and thousands arbitrarily imprisoned. Pierre Claver Mbonimpa is one of Burundi's most prominent human rights activists and founder of the Association for the Protection of Human Rights and Detained Persons (APRODH). In 2015, he narrowly escaped an assassination at
New Ombudsman Pledges to Abide By the Law
[Iwacu] After he was sworn in as the new Ombudsman, Edouard Nduwimana, told journalists he would carry out his mission according to laws regulating the institution. "I will try to fulfill my missions in accordance with the law on Ombudsman institution and the National Constitution with the support of the Burundian people and public administration", he said.