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].
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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.
Burundi’s Pierre Nkurunziza has died. Suspected of dying from COVID-19, official government statement says he died of heart attack.
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.
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 will continue to block broadcasts from two international media organizations and expand restrictions on their operations.
Authorities in Burundi has arrested seven school children who are accused of having scribbled on the president’s photo in their school books.
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.
Pierre Buyoya dismisses as politically motivated arrest warrant against him for his alleged role in assassination of Burundi’s first democratically elected leader.
When all is said and done, a concerted effort by the African Union can have some real impact. Cooperation towards international isolation, the freezing of assets, travel bans and embargos may be the only way forward.
Meeting to look for ways to reduce violence and human rights abuses through the judicial process