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Legal News
5 days ago
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] on Saturday urged [UN News Centre report] African leaders to avoid using loopholes and undemocratic constitutional changes to "cling to power." In his address at the twenty-sixth African Union [official website] Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Ban stated, "Leaders should never use undemocratic … [read more]


Legal News
29 Jan 2016
by Matthew Santiago

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] reported [press release] Friday that satellite images show five possible mass graves in Buringa, Burundi, which may be connected to last month's infamous massacre. On December 11, security forces killed [Newsweek report] at least 87 armed protesters who stormed military barracks in the capital … [read more]


Legal News
27 Jan 2016
by Alexis Wheeler

The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] said Tuesday that Burundian authorities failed to provide entry [press briefing] to independent rights experts dispatched by the UN Human Rights Council to investigate rights violations in the nation. The team, composed of two Special Rapporteurs for … [read more]


Legal News
24 Jan 2016
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [official website] on Sunday released a report [text] outlining serious flaws in the Iranian electoral system which they say are damaging prospects for free and fair parliamentary elections on February 26th. The report states that this is due to Iranian authorities not allowing the majority … [read more]


Legal News
23 Jan 2016
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] A delegation from the United Nations Security Council [official website] on Friday met with [press release] top government officials in Burundi, in an effort to end months of political turmoil in the country. Led by Ismael Gaspar Martins, Samantha Power and Alexis Lamek, the delegation met with Burundian President … [read more]


Legal News
20 Jan 2016
by Alexis Wheeler

The US State Department [official website] released a statement [press release] Tuesday expressing concern over reports of "serious human rights violations and abuses" in Burundi. Allegations of mass graves, sexual violence by security forces, and enforced disappearances and torture are being reported by both the UN and the African Commission … [read more]


Academic Commentary
19 Jan 2016
by Pacifique Manirakiza of University of Ottawa law School
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnist Pacifique Manirakiza of the University of Ottawa Law School discusses the debate surrounding what is going on in Burundi and proposes a different view... Burundi is undergoing a political and constitutional crisis. Following the announcement of Mr. Pierre Nkurunziza as the presidential nominee for the ruling party, … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jan 2016
by Matthew Santiago

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein [official profile] expressed his concerns on Friday regarding rising conflicts Burundi that have given rise to gang rapes, torture, ethnic repression, mass graves, and secret detentions and disappearances. Zeid reports that 432 people have been killed [AP report] in … [read more]


Legal News
1 Jan 2016
by Gwenyth Gamble

United Nations (UN) [official website] Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official website] urged both parties to the Burundian conflict yesterday upon the resumption of talks [UN report] between Burundian stakeholders that continued dialogue between the parties is needed to prevent a relapse into the decades of civil war. Recent violence stemming from … [read more]


Legal News
30 Dec 2015
by Taylor Gillan

A top UN official on Tuesday called on Burundi to form a "nationally-led and owned effort" to find a solution to the violence the country has faced. Jamal Benomar [official profile], the Secretary-General's Special Advisor, also stated [UN News Centre] that the international community must stand ready to support that … [read more]


Legal News
17 Dec 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Council [official website] approved a resolution on Thursday to dispatch experts to investigate human rights violations [press release] in Burundi, condemning violence in the country, use of excessive force by officials, and restrictions on freedoms. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein … [read more]


Legal News
7 Dec 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The Armenian Electoral Commission [official website, Armenian] on Monday announced [Asbarez report] that Armenia's constitution will be amended as a result of Sunday's referendum. However, opposition MP's and independent European observers have alleged serious irregularities [BBC report] in the voting process, stating that fraud was a possibility. MP's from … [read more]


Legal News
25 Nov 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein [official website] on Wednesday condemned [press release] the suspension of 10 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Burundi, calling it "an attempt by Burundian authorities to silence dissenting voices and to limit the democratic space." The commissioner noted that these 10 … [read more]


Legal News
13 Nov 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The UN Security Council [official website] on Thursday unanimously adopted [press release] a resolution condemning the political violence and killings currently afflicting Burundi. The violence began in the wake of President Pierre Nkurunziza announcing that he would seek a third term in office, which he was voted into [JURIST … [read more]


Legal News
7 Nov 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] issued a statement [press release] on Friday calling for an end to the political violence and killings currently afflicting Burundi. In the statement, the Secretary General expressed "grave concerns" regarding the execution-style killings that have become a regular occurrence in the … [read more]


Legal News
1 Nov 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Guiena's Constitutional Court on Saturday validated the reelection of President Alpha Conde [BBC profile] amid allegations of fraud and rigging. Conde won the election, which took place on October 11, by a majority vote of 57.84 percent, giving him a second five-year term in office. Opposition leaders and candidates, … [read more]


Legal News
27 Oct 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The Republic of the Congo's electoral commission announced Tuesday that voters have approved an amendment to the constitution [text, PDF, in French] that would allow President Denis Sassou Nguesso to extend his term in office. The amendment, approved by the citizens of the Congo in a referendum Sunday, allows … [read more]


Legal News
24 Oct 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] At a press conference on Friday, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights [official website] shared concerns [press release] over the "rapidly worsening security and human rights situation in Burundi," noting that 198 people have been killed in the nation since April, with 63 of … [read more]


Legal News
6 Oct 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Government officials in the Republic of the Congo on Monday announced a referendum on an amendment to the constitution [text, PDF, in French] that could allow President Denis Sassou Nguesso to extend his term in office. The proposed amendment allows presidents to renew their term twice and removes the … [read more]


Legal News
28 Sep 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein [official profile] expressed concern [press release] Monday about "an alarming upsurge in arrests, detention and killings" that have been occurring in Burundi since the beginning of September. Zeid said that many bodies have been found bound with their hands … [read more]

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