Heavily guarded Zuma in Burundi peace drive

A delegation of five African heads of state arrived in Bujumbura yesterday at the start of a two-day visit to push for talks to end Burundi’s deep political crisis. UN chief Ban Ki-moon was in Burundi a few days ago as part of growing international efforts to bring an end[…]

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Burundi rejects African peacekeeping force

Burundi’s government has reacted angrily to the African Union’s decision to deploy a 5,000-strong peacekeeping force to curb ongoing violence in the troubled country, saying it will prevent foreign troops from entering its borders. The African Union’s Peace and Security Council agreed on Friday night to deploy an African Prevention[…]

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SA concerned about Burundi unrest

The South African government is concerned about reports of increased violence and human rights violations in Burundi, the department of international relations and co-operation said on Friday. The ongoing instability had the potential to impact neighbouring countries in the East African region, spokesperson Clayson Monyela said in a statement. “The[…]

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Burundi: A ticking timebomb

A failed coup and a president embarking on his third term in office in Burundi have escalated violence in the country. The African Union (AU) has said that there may be “catastrophic consequences” for Burundi and the region if political differences are not resolved peacefully. Hundreds of thousands of people[…]

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UN to vote on Burundi as violence escalates

The UN Security Council has scheduled a vote on Thursday on a resolution condemning increasing killings, torture, and other human rights violations in Burundi and threatening possible sanctions against those contributing to the violence. At least 240 people have been killed since President Pierre Nkurunziza launched a controversial bid to[…]

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