Population: 10.48 mn.
GDP: 3.037 bn.
Debt: 0.638 bn.

President Pierre Nkurunziza's still aims to win a third term in office in June 2015, despite the defeat last year of his plan to extend constitutional term limits. Following his visit to Burundi last June, UN Assistant Secretary General for Human Rights Ivan Šimonovic expressed deep concern about 'violence linked to the electoral process' and general restrictions on political freedom in the country.


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  • Vol 56 No 4
  •  20th February 2015

Massacres in the mist

As June's presidential election approaches, the political atmosphere is deteriorating and political violence is on the increase

  • Vol 55 No 15
  •  25th July 2014

Peace at risk

A climate of rising fear and uncertainty – never far from the surface in Burundi – is causing concern at home and abroad

  • Vol 55 No 8
  •  18th April 2014

Terms of abuse

The President's bid to change the constitution to allow him to stand for a third term has failed

  • Vol 55 No 7
  •  4th April 2014

Taxing troubles

Tax reforms – which almost doubled state revenues over the last three years – are at risk from Bujumbura's elite and disorganised aid groups

  • Vol 55 No 4
  •  21st February 2014

Nkurunziza nobbles opposition

The appointment of a new Vice-President failed to relieve the political crisis and the President is now trying to manipulate opposition leaders

  • Vol 53 No 19
  •  21st September 2012

Aid threatened, conflict up

Rebel forces have stepped up attacks on government positions ahead of a critical aid conference in Geneva

  • Vol 53 No 10
  •  11th May 2012

Killing on the quiet

The Interior Minister, Edouard Nduwimana, ordered Human Rights Watch to cancel a news conference in Bujumbura on 2 May at which the campaigning organisation had planned to release a report on political violence in Burundi. The official reason was that HRW...

  • Vol 53 No 3
  •  3rd February 2012

Storm over opposition man

Tanzania arrested a Burundian seen by many as a man of peace but UN experts say he supports armed rebellion

  • Vol 52 No 22
  •  4th November 2011

Political violence worsens

A hardline faction in the government and the bitter disappointment of the former rebels threaten the country’s hard-won peace

  • Vol 52 No 11
  •  27th May 2011

All the way down

Burundi has a few things in common with Rwanda. One is United States’ gratitude for its soldiers’ work in peacekeeping: Rwandans serve in Darfur, Sudan, and Burundians in the African Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom). Another is grenade attacks, far more ...

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