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Burundi claims diplomatic win with hosting of regional summit

Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | Burundi’s government claimed a diplomatic victory Friday with the announcement that it would host a regional trade summit later this year. The tiny central African nation has been in the cold since President Pierre Nkurunziza’s run for a controversial third term in 2015 plunged the …

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COMMENT: Burundi peace talks

Why it would be a miracle if the recent round of talks yielded the inclusive, sustainable peace the country needs COMMENT | CARINE N. KANEZA | Burundi has been gripped by unrest since April 2015; triggered by President Pierre Nkurunziza’s pursuit of a third term. The crisis has led to protests, …

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Burundi president launches campaign to extend rule

Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza has launched a campaign to promote a referendum to change the constitution that could see him rule until 2034. “It’s the day you’ve been waiting for,” Nkurunziza told a crowd of thousands of farmers in the central Gitega district on Tuesday, threatening …

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Burundi orders ‘voluntary’ tax to fund fresh elections

Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | Burundi’s government has launched a fundraising drive for elections in 2020, presented as “voluntary” but condemned by rights groups as “organised robbery”. Western electoral aid was cut in 2015, when Burundi was plunged into crisis as President Pierre Nkurunziza sought — and went on to …

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Burundi talks get under way in absence of opposition

Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | A new round of talks aimed at ending Burundi’s lengthy political crisis began Tuesday in Arusha, Tanzania, though the negotiations were marked by the main opposition group’s absence. Despite the absence of both the exiled leadership of the CNARED opposition and civil society and church …

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THIS WEEK: ICC starts full probe into Burundi crisis

THIS WEEK: ICC starts full probe into Burundi crisis Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | 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 …

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Museveni, Magufuli condemn ICC action on Burundi

  Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT & AFP | Chairperson of the East African Community (EAC) President Yoweri Museveni and visiting Tanzania President John Magufuli have urged caution before any action is taken against Burundi. On Thursday, the  International Criminal Court (ICC) revealed that its judges had given the go-ahead …

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Burundi says it will ‘never’ collaborate with ICC probe

Nairobi, Kenya | AFP |  Burundi on Friday slapped away any idea that it would help the International Criminal Court’s probe into alleged crimes committed after the country spiralled into political turmoil in 2015. “Burundi rejects this decision from the very outset,” said Justice Minister Aimee Laurentine Kanyana, a day …

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Burundi’s deadly crisis: A timeline

Bujumbura, Burundi | AFP | Burundi has been gripped by turmoil since President Pierre Nkurunziza launched a bid for a third term in office more than two years ago. On Thursday the International Criminal Court (ICC) opened a full probe into alleged crimes committed during the crisis. Between 500 and 2,000 …

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ICC opens full probe into alleged crimes in Burundi unrest

The Hague, Netherlands | AFP | International judges have given the go ahead for a full investigation into alleged crimes against humanity in Burundi, triggering anger Thursday in the crisis-torn African nation, the first ever to leave the war crimes tribunal. The decision to probe abuses in which at least 1,200 …

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