The United States has lifted sanctions on Burundi. However, activists have lambasted the move as a ‘simplistic’ lifting of sanctions.
Burundi articles on Democracy Chronicles
News about the struggle for better democracy in Burundi. Burundi is not a functioning democracy. The ruling party has begun a violent drive to capitalize power in the 2018 referendum that was designed to give the current President the right to stay in power indefinitely. Also see our articles on Africa or on important neighbors of Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Asia’s ‘Milk Tea’ Activists Give Support For Democratic Change
Pro-democracy activists have been banding together in Asia in recent months. They are doing so both online and on the streets.
Interview: what Chance for Democracy After President Pierre Nkurunziza’s Death?
Birgit Schwarz [talked to HWR]…about whether the election of a new government and Nkurunziza’s death could finally lead to democratic change in [Burundi].
Burundi’s Government: President Nkurunziza Dead at Age 56
Burundi’s Pierre Nkurunziza has died. Suspected of dying from COVID-19, official government statement says he died of heart attack.
Burundi: Ruling Party Candidate Named Winner in Presidential Vote
In a twist of events Nkurunziza who scrapped term limits in 2018 opted not to run. However, the ruling party candidate has now won Presidential election.
Not So Fast On That New Capital City, Burundi
Burundi’s capital is being moved for the good of the people! Actually no: the dictatorship is moving and building a new administrative city as a mega-theft.
Burundi Extends Bans on VOA and BBC in Deepening Crackdown
Burundi will continue to block broadcasts from two international media organizations and expand restrictions on their operations.
Burundi Students Jailed for Writing on President’s Photo
Authorities in Burundi has arrested seven school children who are accused of having scribbled on the president’s photo in their school books.
UN Panel: Democratic Space in Burundi is Shrinking
U.N commission of inquiry in Burundi says government of President Pierre Nkurunziza is becoming more repressive which does not bode well for 2020 elections.
Arrest Warrant for Ex-Burundi Leader Inflames Tensions
Pierre Buyoya dismisses as politically motivated arrest warrant against him for his alleged role in assassination of Burundi’s first democratically elected leader.