Category: Burundi

Christine Vaufrey

The life of a human rights defender in Burundi

Today is Human Rights Day, commemorating the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. The day provides a chance to recall the aspiration to a universal human dignity set out in this document, to face up to contexts where this aspiration is being torn apart and, more than just to feel outrage, to take action.

From a militia group to peacebuilding: the radical shift of one young Burundian

As a child Benjamin lost his family in the Burundian civil war. He grew up with anger and hatred, and at 12 years old joined a rebellion as a child soldier. At the beginning of this year, Benjamin attended a local campaign promoting tolerance and reconciliation. He sat in a room with those he called enemies, something he never thought possible. Now Benjamin wants to work to make Burundi a peaceful country, with opportunities for young people to thrive.

Rebuilding trust among youth in Burundi

A crisis lasting more than one year in Burundi has seen violence and alarming human right violations across the country. Some estimate that over 800 people have been killed, and more than a quarter of a million have fled the country. In a conflict that has torn communities apart and destroyed social relations, building trust among young people is crucial for Burundi’s future.

What next for Burundi?

Burundi’s people have shown before their resilience and ability to recover after the most tragic periods of violence, and the country can still pull back from the current crisis. If it does, it will be down to the work of brave Burundians who find ways to continue to work for peace in the most difficult of circumstances.

Tackling violence and hate speech in Burundi

Since protests began one year ago, the situation in Burundi has steadily deteriorated. Kevin McCann reports on the work of our partner – a group of local activists who monitor election violence and tackle hate speech.

Burundi President sworn in for third term

In a surprise inauguration held this morning, Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza has announced that he will take office for a third term. This follows last month’s disputed elections, which were boycotted by the opposition and sparked widespread unrest. Nkurunziza took the “oath for a new term of five years”, the presidency said in a statement. … Continued

An update on Burundi

Burundi has been gripped by outbreaks of violent protest since late April this year in the run up to the elections. Peace Direct’s Local Correspondent, who is writing anonymously for reasons of security, has been sharing updates on current events. Insight on Conflict will be publishing short updates based on these reports over the coming months.

Burundi: election violence feared

Fears are growing of political violence as elections loom in Burundi. In response to these tensions a collaboration of 23 grassroots peace organisations across the country are aiming to identify and stop election violence.

Preventing election violence in Burundi

Peace Direct’s partner in Burundi, INAMA, has created an early warning early response mechanism for identifying and resolving local conflict around the upcoming elections.