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Burundi says will 'never' allow in UN special rapporteur

Dec. 13, 2021 08:19 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Burundi’s government has signaled that it won’t allow a recently appointed United Nations special rapporteur on human rights into the East African nation. Foreign Minister Albert Shingiro last week told reporters, and separately told a meeting with...

Burundi says prison fire kills 38 inmates in Gitega

Dec. 07, 2021 09:58 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Burundi’s government says 38 prisoners have been killed in a fire Tuesday morning in Gitega, the country’s political capital. Vice President Prosper Bazombanza announced the deaths. More than 60 other people have been injured and the death toll could rise....

China says 5 citizens kidnapped from Congo mining operation

Nov. 21, 2021 23:17 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China says five of its citizens have been kidnapped from a mining operation in eastern Congo. The Chinese Embassy in Kinshasa posted on the WeChat online message service that the five were abducted early Sunday from the site in South Kivu province that...

US ends sanctions program on Burundi, noting reforms

Nov. 19, 2021 05:17 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The United States has ended a sanctions program for Burundi, saying circumstances have changed in the East African nation several years after a bloody political crackdown. Sanctions and visa restrictions on 11 people designated under the program...

Burundi rights report cites torture, abuse by state agents

Nov. 04, 2021 12:23 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Burundi is experiencing a rise in torture and enforced disappearances in "a clear pattern” of abuses that undermines limited rights improvements under President Evariste Ndayishimiye, according to a group of independent researchers. Members of...