Burundi
  • Burundi arrests another Rwandan woman over alleged 'spying'
    10 october 2018 10:56:37
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - A Rwandan woman, Florence Uwimana, has been detained in Burundi's Central Province of Gitega for the past three weeks for allegedly spying, the local Rwandan media reported on Wednesday in Kigali quoting a senior local administrative official in Burundi. Full text...
  • OCHA chief reaffirms continued humanitarian support to Burundi
    09 september 2018 08:46:43
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, Ms. Ursula Mueller on Saturday completed a three-day mission to Burundi reaffirming her agency’s continued support to the strife-torn country. Full text...
  • UN investigators say serious rights violations ongoing in Burundi
    06 september 2018 05:28:05
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - Serious rights violations are continuing in Burundi, including summary executions and hate speech at the highest level of government, UN-appointed investigators said on Wednesday. Full text...
  • Tanzania censures rumours on forceful repatriation of Burundians
    17 august 2018 10:56:07
    Dodoma, Tanzania (PANA) – Tanzania has called on the international community to ignore rumours on forceful repatriation of Burundian refugees, and instead support the ongoing voluntary repatriation exercise. Full text...
  • UN envoy urges Burundi leaders to ‘seize opportunities for national unity and peace’
    10 august 2018 05:16:57
    New York, US (PANA) - The Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Burundi, Michel Kafando, has called on the country’s leaders to “seize the opportunity” offered by the recent adoption of a new constitution, to create a new political environment that is “conducive to the consolidation of national unity and peace”. Full text...
  • WFP welcomes USAID contribution to restore full rations to refugees in Rwanda
    06 july 2018 12:27:14
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a US$6.5 million contribution from the US as a move to restore full food rations to DR Congo and Burundian refugees in Rwanda.Full text...
  • Opponents of constitutional change in Burundi face torture and execution: UN investigators
    27 june 2018 22:27:13
    New York, US (PANA) - In Burundi, opponents of constitutional reform supported by the Government have faced torture and execution amid a “continuing environment of threats and intimidation”, senior UN investigators said on Wednesday. Full text...
  • Malnutrition among children in Burundi at 'alarming level', warns WFP
    27 june 2018 11:35:33
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) — An estimated one million children in Burundi are stunted, and require urgent care, warned the World Food Programme (WFP) in a statement made available on Wednesday to PANA in Kigali. Full text...
  • U.S. welcomes Burundian president's decision not to seek another term after 2020
    13 june 2018 15:11:40
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The United States has welcomed the recent announcement by Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza that he will not seek a fourth term of office, reaffirming the promise he made to the Burundian people in 2015, a statement made available Wednesday to PANA in Kigali has indicated.Full text...
  • UN envoy urges ‘inclusive’ talks to resolve crisis in Burundi
    25 may 2018 04:55:11
    New York, US (PANA) - Inclusive talks remain the only way to find a lasting solution to the political, socio-economic and humanitarian crisis that has engulfed Burundi since 2015, the United Nations envoy for the African Great Lakes country said on Thursday. Full text...
  • Burundi referendum marred by lack of transparency, says U.S. Government
    22 may 2018 17:53:04
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Burundi's May 17 constitutional referendum was marred by lack of transparency, suspension of media outlets, and attempts to pressure voters, according to a statement issued by U.S. State Department spokesperson, Ms Heather Nauert, and made available Tuesday to PANA in Kigali. Full text...
  • Rights group says run-up to Burundi's referendum 'tainted by violence'
    17 may 2018 06:57:12
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - As the polls open on Thursday in a constitutional referendum in Burundi that could extend the president’s term in office, a human rights group has said the process leading to the vote has been severely marred by a government crackdown on freedom of expressionFull text...
  • UNICEF denounces attacks on children in Burundi
    16 may 2018 07:45:58
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The UN children's fund (UNICEF) has denounced an attack that killed more than 25 people including 11 children, on 11 May in northwest Burundi.Full text...
  • CECAFA U-17 Challenge Cup: Somalia shock Kenya to reach semis
    21 april 2018 14:17:10
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - Somalia did not only make history appearing in their first CECAFA U-17 Challenge Cup semifinal on Friday evening, but also celebrated a deserving 1-0 victory over tournament favourites Kenya to top Group ‘A’. Full text...
  • Rwandan pastor in Burundi declared persona non grata
    19 april 2018 08:49:03
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - A Rwandese female pastor, Christine Nkomeza living in Burundi has been declared persona non grata for her alleged involvement in "subversive activities" while conducting "illegal religious activities", according to a senior official in the Burundian capital, Bujumbura. Full text...
  • Rights group slams Burundi over deaths, intimidation ahead of referendum
    17 april 2018 11:29:47
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – Burundi government forces and ruling party members have killed, beaten, and intimidated perceived opponents of a constitutional referendum set for a 17 May, 2018 vote that would enable the president to extend his term in office, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Tuesday. Full text...
  • Rwanda deports Burundian policeman who illegally entered Rwanda
    16 april 2018 12:32:39
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan security agents on Monday deported Burundian police officer, APC Theogene Irakoze, three days after he illegally crossed into Rwanda, a senior administrative official in the region confirmed to PANA in Kigali.Full text...
  • Rwanda bans imports of Burundian small ruminants' meat after detection of viral infection
    10 april 2018 17:26:12
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Authorities in the Rwandan ministry of Agriculture and Animal resources, on Tuesday instructed all the Customs and Border services to intensify control against viral infections of small ruminants which was detected in neighboring Burundi and threatening to spread across the border. Full text...
  • Security Council urges dialogue in Burundi
    06 april 2018 06:58:37
    New York, US (PANA) - Expressing deep concern over the slow pace of the inter-Burundian dialogue and the lack of engagement by the Government, the United Nations Security Council has called on all stakeholders, in particular the authorities, to commit to the dialogue and reach an agreement ahead of the 2020 elections. Full text...
  • Burundi's first couple attends international women's day ceremony
    08 march 2018 17:58:25
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - Burundi’s first couple, Pierre and Denis Nkurunziza, on Thursday attended a parade of women to commemorate this year’s International Women’s Day in Kayanza, in the north of the country. Full text...
  • Insecurity forces thousands of Burundian refugees in Eastern DRC to flee to Rwanda
    08 march 2018 15:19:04
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - About 2,500 Burundians living in different camps in South Kivu in Eastern Democratic Républic of Congo (DRC) on Wednesday crossed the border into Rwanda, citing lack of food and security in their different locations, a senior local administrative official in the region confirmed Thursday to PANA in Kigali Full text...
  • Situation in Burundi ‘not suitable’ for credible elections – UN official
    27 february 2018 07:10:59
    New York, US (PANA) - Urgent efforts are needed to keep the “hard-won” gains in Burundi from eroding, a senior United Nations official told the Security Council on Monday, noting that while the security situation is calm, there is still the potential for volatility as political tensions persist. Full text...
  • Serbian diplomat received by Burundian president Nkurunziza
    15 february 2018 16:37:09
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - The Serbian vice Prime Minister, Ivica Dacic, who is also minister of foreign affairs, on Thursday held talks with Burundi’s president Pierre Nkurunziza that centred on ways to consolidate and diversify their bilateral cooperation, Burundi’s public radio reported.Full text...
  • CAF Champions League: Rayon Sports optimistic in clash with Lydia Ludic Academic
    09 february 2018 10:31:07
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The head coach of Rwandan Club Rayon Sports, Olivier Karekezi, on Friday said he wants to see his team qualify for the next stage of the CAF Champions League ahead of their first-leg match against Lydia Ludic Academic of Burundi in Kigali on Saturday. Full text...
  • Burundi risks becoming 'forgotten refugee crisis' without support - UNHCR
    06 february 2018 10:08:27
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, with its 26 other humanitarian partners, is on Tuesday launching a funding appeal for US$391 million to support some 430,000 Burundian refugees during 2018. Full text...
  • Burundi arrests another Rwandan national over alleged spying
    09 january 2018 15:18:10
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan national, Goreth Kayiranga, who was employed by a private Bus Transport company, known as 'Volcano", has been detained at the Muyinga central prison in Burundi's Northeastern province since last Sunday for allegedly "spying", a senior manager of the transport company, confirmed Tuesday to PANA in Kigali. Full text...
  • Rights group demands release of Burundi human rights defender
    13 december 2017 16:55:41
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Wednesday called on the Burundian authorities to immediately release a human rights activist, Nestor Nibitanga, who they have been holding since 21 November. Full text...
  • Rights group hails ICC's decision to investigate alleged Burundi crimes against humanity
    10 november 2017 06:39:53
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – The International Criminal Court (ICC) judges’ decision announced on Thursday to open an investigation in Burundi gives victims hope that those responsible for grave crimes over the past two years could be held to account, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has said. Full text...
  • LEAD: ICC orders investigation into crimes against humanity in Burundi
    09 november 2017 13:50:53
    The Hague, Netherlands (PANA) - Judges of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Thursday authorised the ICC prosecutor to open an investigation regarding crimes against humanity allegedly committed in Burundi or by nationals of Burundi outside the country since 26 April 2015 until 26 October 2017. Full text...
  • BREAKING NEWS: ICC orders investigation regarding crimes committed in Burundi
    09 november 2017 13:32:51
    The Hague, Netherlands (PANA) - Judges of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Thursday ordered an investigation into the crimes committed in Burundi. Full text...
  • EU regrets Burundi's official withdrawal from the ICC
    31 october 2017 17:29:37
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - In a statement issued by the European External Action Service (EEAS), the European Union (EU) says it regrets the official withdrawal of Burundi from the International Criminal Court (ICC) since 27 October. Full text...
  • Rights group says Burundi's 'cynical' ICC withdrawal will not derail wheels of justice
    27 october 2017 11:21:26
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - Human rights group Amnesty International on Friday described Burundi's withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC) as "a cynical attempt to evade justice". Full text...
  • EU renews sanctions against Burundi for another year
    23 october 2017 16:16:57
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The Council of the European Union on Monday renewed restrictive measures against Burundi for another year until 31 October 2018, stating that the absence of progress in the situation in Burundi justified the renewal of the sanctions for another year. Full text...
  • Burundi: Enraged man hacks six people with machete, hangs himself in Burundi
    10 october 2017 18:53:49
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - Six villagers were hacked to death by 24 year-old Claude Mbarushimana on Monday night in eastern Burundi's Karusi province, National Police spokesman Pierre Nkurikiye said on Tuesday.Full text...
  • Burundi: Rights group says thousands of Burundian refugees under pressure to return
    29 september 2017 06:43:11
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - Thousands of Burundian refugees are under mounting pressure to return to their country where they would be at risk of death, rape and torture, said Amnesty International in a report out on Friday. Full text...
  • US: Burundi says national sovereignty, non-interference must be respected within UN
    24 september 2017 06:40:27
    New York, US (PANA) – Mounting the podium of the General Assembly, Burundi on Saturday stressed the importance of national sovereignty within the United Nations. Full text...
  • Rwanda: Burundian refugees mourn compatriots killed in eastern DR Congo
    22 september 2017 17:47:19
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The association of Burundian refugees in Rwanda on Friday said it was grieved by the death of 34 of their compatriots who were killed early this week in Kamanyola, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).Full text...
  • Rwanda: US condemns brutal killings of Burundi nationals in Eastern DR Congo
    21 september 2017 13:48:52
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The U.S. government has said it was dismayed by the "violence and death" of more than 30 Burundian nationals and a Congolese soldier in Kamanyola, in the Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), insisting that perpetrators must be held accountable, in a statement made available Thursday to PANA in Kigali.Full text...
  • DRC: UNHCR says it's shocked over Burundians deaths in DRC, calls for investigation
    16 september 2017 16:32:12
    Kinshasa, DRC (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, says it is "shocked and saddened" over the violent death of numerous Burundian nationals – among them likely refugees and asylum-seekers, in Kamanyola, a town in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, and is calling for an investigation into the tragic incident. Full text...
  • Switzerland: ICC urged to investigate possible crimes against humanity in Burundi
    05 september 2017 07:08:40
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – The United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Burundi has reasonable grounds to believe that crimes against humanity have been committed and continue to be committed in Burundi since April 2015, according to the Commission’s report published on Monday. Full text...
  • Burundi: Russian company gets nod to mine gold, other minierals in Burundi
    04 september 2017 17:13:16
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - A Russian company, Tanganyika Gold SA, has been given the nod to mine gold and other minerals in Cibitoke, a province in northwest Burundi, a statement from Council of Ministers said on Monday. Full text...
  • Burundi: UN experts say Burundi human rights situation has not improved
    22 august 2017 06:08:35
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - Ahead of next month's presentation to the United Nations Human Rights Council, an independent panel has said that the human rights situation in Burundi has not improved. Full text...
  • Rwanda: Burundian midfielder Duhayindavyi joins Rwandan first division side
    07 august 2017 17:17:46
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Burundian defensive midfielder Gael Duhayindavyi has signed a two-year contract with Rwandan first division side Mukura Victory Sports.Full text...
  • US: Security Council urges all parties in Burundi to cease violence
    03 august 2017 05:54:37
    New York, US (PANA) – The United Nations Security Council on Wednesday expressed “deep concern” over the political situation in Burundi – including increasing numbers of refugees and reports of torture, forced disappearances and extrajudicial killings – and strongly urged the Government and all parties to immediately cease and reject such violence. Full text...
  • US: UN envoy reiterates inclusive dialogue for Burundi political process
    27 july 2017 06:23:33
    New York, US (PANA) – The United Nations Special Envoy to Burundi has urged African leaders, in solidarity with the UN, to support an inclusive dialogue between the Government and the opposition in the country where political upheaval has resulted in insecurity since April 2015. Full text...
  • Tanzania: President Nkurunziza urges Barundi refugees in Tanzania to return home
    20 july 2017 14:11:23
    Ngara, Tanzania (PANA) – Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza, on a day’s working visit to Tanzania, on Thursday urged all Barundi refugees to repatriate, assuring them that peace reigns throughout their home country. Full text...
  • US: Beyoncé partners with UNICEF to bring safe water to children in remote areas of Burundi
    30 june 2017 19:46:19
    New Orleans, US (PANA) – Global entertainer and humanitarian Beyoncé has teamed up with the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) through her BeyGOOD philanthropic arm to announce the launch of BEYGOOD4BURUNDI, a multi-year partnership to provide safe water to the most vulnerable children in Burundi. Full text...
  • Switzerland : UN experts report persistence of serious human rights violations in Burundi
    15 june 2017 18:36:13
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – Three members of the United Nations-appointed panel of experts investigating human rights violations in Burundi said Thursday that they were struck by the feeling of deep and widespread fear running through the testimonies they gathered. Full text...
  • Rwanda: Japan provides 236 tonnes of food to Burundian refugees in Rwanda
    25 may 2017 18:05:32
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Japan on Thursday donated 236 tonnes of food worth US$1.4 million to help ease food shortages among Burundian refugees in Rwanda, according to an official statement made available to PANA in Kigali.Full text...
  • Switzerland: UNHCR renews warning over challenging Burundi refugee situation
    23 may 2017 10:39:13
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, on Tuesday renewed its concern over the unstable situation in Burundi, which continues to drive people to seek safety in neighbouring countries. Full text...

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