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Burundi/United Nations: Security Council Urges Peace Talks

(Nov. 19, 2015) On November 12, 2015, the United Nations Security Council adopted a resolution urging all parties in the domestic unrest in Burundi to engage in peace talks. The resolution was adopted unanimously by the Council, just three days after U.N. officials noted that the political crisis in the country is at a critical […]

Burundi/UN: Rights Commissioner Raises Issue of Extrajudicial Killings

(Oct. 5, 2015) On September 28, 2015, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, commented on “an alarming upsurge in arrests, detention and killings” in Burundi since the beginning of September of this year. Almost every day, dead bodies are found lying on the streets of some of Bujumbura’s [the […]

Burundi: Opposition Leader Detained, Released; Election Aid Suspended Before Military Coup

(May 13, 2015) On May 6, 2015, Burundian opposition leader Audifax Ndabitoreye was arrested by authorities on charges of insurrection. He had just met with ministers of the East African Community (EAC), a regional inter-governmental organization comprised of Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda. (Bradley McAllister, Burundi Police Arrest Opposition Leader for Insurrection After Meeting […]

Burundi: Court Permits Third Bid for Presidency

(May 7, 2015) On May 5, 2015, the Constitutional Court of Burundi decided that the country’s president, Pierre Nkurunziza, could run for a third term; six of the seven judges signed the decision. (Burundi Court Upholds President’s Controversial Third-Term Bid, FRANCE 24 (May 5. 2015).) The issue arose because Nkurunziza wishes to run for his […]

Burundi: New Land Law Raises Controversy

(Jan. 27, 2014) Burundi recently issued a decree on the structure of the National Commission on Land and Other Assets (CNTB), increasing its authority; the move has been criticized by members of one political party and by outside organizations. Those opposing it have said it is unconstitutional and in violation of the 2000 Arusha Accord […]

Burundi: New Mining Code Replaces 1976 Law

(Dec. 18, 2013) On October 15, 2013, President Pierre Nkurunziza of Burundi assented to enactment of the country’s new Mining Code, which had been approved by Burundi’s Senate on October 10. (Anapaula Trindade Marinho, Burundi: Mining Code Enacted, TAX NEWS SERVICE (Dec. 9, 2013), International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation online subscription database; Burundi: Un nouveau […]

Burundi: New Procedural Code for Administration of Taxation

(Sept. 30, 2013) The Parliament of Burundi adopted a new Tax Procedure Code on September 6, 2013. (Jean Harahagazwe & Anapaula Trindade Marinho, Burundi: Tax Procedure Code enacted by Parliament (Sept. 26, 2013), International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation online subscription database; for a general guide to taxation in Burundi (with rates as of Nov. 2012), […]

Burundi: New Media Law on President

(May 28, 2013) Burundi’s bi-cameral legislature recently passed a controversial new media law, with the final vote in the Senate on April 19, 2013. Organizations devoted to freedom of the press have voiced concerns about the restrictions the law places on accessibility to information sources and the increased sentences it would impose for some media-related […]

Burundi: Senate Endorses New Law on Political Parties

(May 5, 2011) On April 28, 2011, Burundi's Senate, one of the two houses that make up the country's legislature, passed a new law on political parties; it had been approved by the other house earlier in the week. If enacted, the new law will replace a 2003 law on the subject. Of the 37 […]

Burundi: Report on Human Rights Violations Disputed

(Sept. 28, 2010) The Government of Burundi sent a strong protest, in the form of an official note to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, over a draft U.N. report that states Burundi committed human rights offenses. On September 22, 2010, Burundi denied it had violated international human rights standards and laws in the Democratic Republic […]