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4 days ago
by Ashley Hogan

Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza [official website; BBC profile] was elected to a third term on Friday, leading to public protest and international criticism. Although the election resulted [AP report] in Nkurunziza receiving 69 percent of the vote, the Constitution of Burundi [text, PDF] states that presidents shall be universally elected … [read more]


Legal News
21 Jul 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Burundi polls opened [ARIB report, in French] on Tuesday for the controversial election where President Pierre Nkurunziza [BBC profile] is running for his third term. Nkurunziza's opponents have boycotted the election, claiming it is unconstitutional for a president to seek third term. In Bujumbura, Burundi's capital, citizens rioted against … [read more]


Legal News
16 Jul 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] A group of UN rights experts on Thursday called [press release] for the UN Security Council [official website] to take action to prevent an escalation of violence in Burundi ahead of presidential elections. Groups in the country are clashing over President Pierre Nkurunziza's [BBC profile] decision to seek a … [read more]


Legal News
3 Jul 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] UN observers on Thursday said [press release] that the parliamentary elections held in Burundi [JURIST news archive] this week were unfair, not free and led to human rights violations. In the preliminary statement by the UN Electoral Observation Mission in Burundi (MENUB) [official website], the observers said that the … [read more]


Legal News
7 Jun 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Burundi opposition leader Agathon Rwasa [Aljazeera backgrounder] on Saturday said that a presidential election must be held by August so that a newly elected government is in place by the time current president Pierre Nkurunziza's [BBC profile] term ends August 26. Currently there is an election planned for June … [read more]


Legal News
21 May 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The office of Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza [BBC profile] announced Wednesday that the men who plotted last week's failed coup will stand trial. The 18 suspects, including three army and police generals, will be judged under the country's penal code. The coup began when leader Major General Godefroid Niyombare … [read more]


Legal News
15 May 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Burundi authorities arrested several military generals Friday after an unsuccessful coup attempt and said the suspects will face a military court for mutiny charges. Maj. Gen. Godefroid Niyombare announced [CNN report] the coup on Wednesday. President Pierre Nkurunziza [BBC profile] was in Tanzania at the time the coup was … [read more]


Legal News
14 May 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official website] on Wednesday urgently called [press release] on all parties in Burundi to "exercise calm and restraint" amid reports of a coup taking place in the Burundian capital. The coup reportedly took place after President Pierre Nkurunziza left for a summit intended to resolve … [read more]


Legal News
9 May 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] A United Nations body responsible for protecting displaced people on Friday warned [press release] that many of the promising developments made in recent refugee history in Africa are at risk of being undone as over 50,000 people have fled Burundi in response to the start of the pre-election violence … [read more]


Legal News
7 May 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] Burundi authorities arrested political opposition leader Audifax Ndabitoreye on Wednesday shortly after he met with East African Community (EAC) [official website] ministers in the capital city of Bujumbura. Ndabitoreye was arrested for insurrection [Guardian report], and the police displayed an arrest warrant to journalists as he was taken into … [read more]


Legal News
5 May 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Burundi's Constitutional Court ruled Tuesday that President Pierre Nkurunziza [BBC profile] can seek a third term in office without violating the country's constitution, which states that presidents shall be universally elected into office for a term of five years and can renew the term once. Nkurunziza was appointed to … [read more]


Legal News
28 Jun 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza [BBC profile] on Thursday announced that the government will release prisoners in order to address the overcrowding in national prisons. At the end of May the number of prisoners was around 10,000 detained in 11 prisons that had a total capacity of only 3,500, according … [read more]


Legal News
14 Aug 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Thursday urged the government of Burundi [JURIST news archive] to hold accountable those responsible for human rights violations [press release] during the country's 16-year armed conflict. HRW released the statement on the fifth anniversary of the Gatumba Massacre [HRW backgrounder], in which … [read more]


Legal News
26 Apr 2009
by Devin Montgomery

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International [advocacy websites] and 60 other groups on Friday urged the Burundian government [joint statement text; press release] to repeal a new law criminalizing homosexuality [JURIST news archive] in the country. The law was promulgated by President Pierre Nkurunziza [BBC profile] on April 22, and … [read more]


Legal News
22 Nov 2008
by Andrew Gilmore

[JURIST] The parliament of Burundi [government website, in French; JURIST news archive] voted Saturday in favor of laws abolishing the death penalty and criminalizing homosexuality [JURIST news archive] in the country. The elimination of the death penalty in Burundi was a requirement for establishing a UN-led truth and reconciliation committee … [read more]


Legal News
18 Jun 2008
by Andrew Gilmore

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] Tuesday denounced a recent Burundi [CIA backgrounder] Constitutional Court decision to dismiss 22 former members of the ruling party from the National Assembly, the National Council for the Defense of Democracy-Forces for the Defense of Democracy (NCDD-FDD) [GlobalSecurity backgrounder]. The Constitutional Court ruled … [read more]


Legal News
13 Jun 2008
by Devin Montgomery

[JURIST] A Burundi [JURIST news archive] court Thursday released six former police officers convicted of killing a World Health Organization (WHO) [official website] official because two key witnesses against the accused escaped from custody. In May of 2005, four of the men were sentenced [BBC report] to death and two were … [read more]


Legal News
23 May 2007
by Melissa Bancroft

[JURIST] The government of Burundi [JURIST news archive] and the United Nations (UN) [official website] agreed Wednesday to establish a tribunal to try those accused of war crimes during the nation's 12-year civil war [Wikipedia backgrounder], according to the UN. Burundi has also agreed to create a truth and reconciliation … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jan 2007
by Leslie Schulman

[JURIST] Former Burundi President Domitien Ndayizeye [BBC profile] and four others were acquitted by the Supreme Court of Burundi [official website] Monday on charges of attempting a coup [JURIST report] and planning to assassinate current President Pierre Nkurunziza [Wikipedia profile]. Two other accused, Alain Mugabarabona and Tharcisse Ndayishimiye, were convicted … [read more]


Legal News
9 Nov 2006
by Gabriel Haboubi

[JURIST] The president of Burundi [JURIST news archive] admitted Thursday that instances of torture and brutality by police and members of the military do sometimes occur in the country, but told reporters in Paris that the perpetrators of those ‘isolated’ incidents are arrested approximately 85% of the time. President Pierre … [read more]

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