Archive

Countries | Burundi
 

Defender of the month: Eulalie Nibizi

Eulalie Nibizi is a Burundian human rights defender (HRD) living in exile in Uganda, and since 2017 has been the Coordinator of the Coalition Burundaise des Défenseurs des Droits de l’Homme (CBDDH). The CBDDH was founded in 2009 to promote civic and democratic space in...
 

Burundi: Government attempts to obstruct UN work are futile

The Burundian government’s attempts to obs­truct the work of the UN Human Rights Council (the Council) are futile as they will not pre­vent accountability for grave human rights violations, DefendDefenders (the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project) said after the Council adopt­ed a resolu­tion on Burundi’s human rights situation today. The resolution extends the mandate of the Com­mis­sion of Inquiry (CoI) to investigate Burundi’s human rights situation and regularly re­port to the Council.
 

HRC39: Call to renew the mandate of the Commission of Inquiry on Burundi

Version française ci-dessous To Permanent Representatives of Member and Observer States of the United Nations Human Rights Council, Geneva, Switzerland Burundi: Call to renew the mandate of the Commission of Inquiry   Excellencies, Ahead of the 39th session of the UN Human Rights Council (“HRC”...
 

HRC38: High Commissioner’s oral update on Burundi

UN Human Rights Council – 38th regular session Items 2 and 10: Technical assistance and capacity‑building (including oral update on Georgia) and the High Commissioner’s oral update on Burundi Oral statement delivered by Clémentine de Montjoye Mr. President, Mr. High Commissioner, This statement is delivered...
 

HRC38: Outcome of Burundi’s Universal Periodic Review

UN Human Rights Council – 38th regular session Item 6: Universal Periodic Review Oral statement delivered by Mr. Nicolas Agostini Version française ci-dessous Mr. President, DefendDefenders (the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project) takes note of Burundi’s replies to the recommendations received...
 

HRC38: Interactive Dialogue with the Commission of Inquiry on Burundi

UN Human Rights Council – 38th regular session Item 4: Interactive dialogue with the Commission of Inquiry on Burundi  Oral statement delivered by Mr. Nicolas Agostini Version française ci-dessous Mr. President, members of the Commission of Inquiry, We thank you for your update. Since the...
 

Aloys Habimana, Protection Coordinator Front Line Defenders, released

DefendDefenders (the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project) welcomes the release of human rights defender Aloys Habimana, Protection Coordinator for East and Southern Africa at Front Line Defenders. On 17 February 2018, Mr Habimana and another individual were arrested at the border...
 

HRC36: Interactive Dialogue with the Commission of Inquiry on Burundi

Version française ci-dessous UN Human Rights Council 36th Session Item 4: Interactive Dialogue with the Commission of Inquiry on Burundi Oral Intervention Delivered by Mr. Vital Nshimirimana Thank you, Mr. President. CIVICUS and DefendDefenders on behalf of 30 African organisations would like to thank the...
 

HRC35: Interactive Dialogue with the Commission of Inquiry on Burundi

Human Rights Council: 35th session Item 4: Interactive Dialogue with the Commission of Inquiry on Burundi Oral Intervention DefendDefenders (East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project) Delivered by Mr. Alexandre Niyungeko Version française ci-dessous Thank you, Mr. President. DefendDefenders and the Burundian Union...
 

ACHPR60: State of human rights in the East and Horn of Africa

In an oral statement, Executive Director Hassan Shire updates the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights on the situation in the East and Horn of Africa, and calls to end the climate of impunity that has prevails in many countries across the sub-region.
 

Reflections on the 31st Session of the Human Rights Council

DefendDefenders hit the ground running at the first session of the Human Rights Council in 2016, with human rights defenders (HRDs) across the entire East and Horn of Africa facing increasing restrictions on their rights and their ability to work. As the threat of terrorism...
 

HRC34: Oral Intervention during Interactive Dialogue with the Commission of Inquiry on Burundi

Although Burundians continue to face human rights violations committed with impunity, the Government has been unwilling to cooperate or engage with the UN Commission of Inquiry. In an Oral Intervention DefendDefenders calls on all members of the UN Human Rights Council to remind Burundi of its obligations and preserve the credibility of the Council.
 

EHAHRD-Net: Final Communiqué on third General Assembly

The East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Network (EHAHRD-Net) held its third General Assembly from 21 to 22 February 2017 at the Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort, Kampala, Uganda. The General Assembly (GA) brought together development partners, coalition representatives, country focal points and human rights...
 

ACHPR59: Statement on the report of the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression

Throughout the East and Horn of Africa sub-region, the fundamental right to expression continues to be undermined by attacks both on an individual and collective level. Governments have forcibly closed NGOs and media outlets, and obstructed online expression through Internet and social media shutdowns. At the same time, journalists and human rights defenders face intimidation, physical attacks, arrests and detentions as a result of their work.
 

HRC31: Side-event on Burundi on 4th March at 3pm

DefendDefenders will host a side event on Burundi at the 31st session of the UN Human Rights Council. Panelists will include Michel Forst (UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of Human Rights Defenders), Pierre Claver Mbonimpa (President of APRODH), and Tom Gibson (Representative for Burundi and DRC at Protection International).
 

Joint EHAHRDP, Protection International and CIVICUS Statement on the Special Session of the Human Rights Council on Burundi // Communiqué d’EHAHRDP, Protection International et CIVICUS sur la session spécial du Conseil des droits de l’homme sur le Burundi

(Version française ci-dessous) Joint EHAHRDP, Protection International and CIVICUS statement on the Special Session of the Human Rights Council on preventing the further deterioration of the human rights situation in Burundi On 17 December 2015, a Special Session of the Human Rights Council took place...
 

Statement by Pierre Claver Mbonimpa at the UN Human Rights Council Special Session on Burundi // Intervention de Pierre Claver Mbonimpa à la session spéciale du Conseil des droits de l’Homme sur le Burundi

Human Rights Council 24th Special Session Special Session on Burundi, 17 December 2015 East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project Oral Statement delivered by: Pierre Claver Mbonimpa (Version originale en français ci-dessous) Mr President, Today, and since May 2015 the Burundian population lives...
 

Appel à la tenue d’une session spéciale du Conseil des droits de l’Homme afin de contribuer aux efforts onusiens et régionaux visant à prévenir la commission d’atrocités au Burundi

À l’attention des Représentants permanents des États Membres et Observateurs du Conseil des droits de l’Homme des Nations Unies Genève, le 9 novembre 2015, Objet : Appel à la tenue d’une session spéciale du Conseil des droits de l’Homme afin de contribuer aux efforts onusiens...
 

EHAHRDP condamne fermement l’assassinat du fils de Pierre Claver Mbonimpa et la montée de la violence au Burundi

Le Projet des défenseurs des droits de l’homme de la Corne et l’Est de l’Afrique condamne fermement l’assassinat de Welly Fleury Nzitonda, le fils de l’éminent défenseur des droits de l’homme Pierre Claver Mbonimpa. Il a été arrêté ce matin alors qu’il se trouvait dans le quartier de Mutakura, un des quartiers dits « contestataires » de la capitale. Il aurait été battu, et son corps sans vie a été retrouvé plusieurs heures plus tard non loin de là où il a été arrêté.
 

EHAHRDP strongly condemns assassination of Pierre-Claver Mbonimpa’s son and escalating violence in Burundi

The East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project strongly condemns the assassination of Welly Fleury Nzitonda, the son of renowned human rights defender Pierre Claver Mbonimpa. He was arrested this morning as he was travelling to Mutakura, one of the “contested” neighbourhoods of Bujumbura. He was reportedly beaten, and his dead body was found several hours later not far from the location of the arrest.
 

ACHPR57: Statement on the Human Rights Situation in Africa

57th Ordinary Session of the Africa Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights Banjul, Gambia Public Session, Item 4: Human Rights Situation in Africa Statement by the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project Madame Chairperson, distinguished Commissioners, State Delegates, representatives of NHRIs and...
 

Un nouveau rapport d’EHAHRDP détaille d’inquiétantes restrictions de l’espace de la société civile et des medias pendant les périodes électorales au Soudan, en Éthiopie, au Burundi et en Ouganda.

Les défenseurs des droits de l’homme doivent travailler dans un espace de plus en plus restreint pendant les périodes électorales, a conclu aujourd’hui un nouveau rapport publié par le East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project (EHAHRDP). Dans ce nouveau rapport intitulé «...
 

Human Rights Defenders Timeline 2005-2015 #10YearsDefending

The East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project has been working to protect African human rights defenders for ten years. Join us on this tour of developments, highlights and emblematic cases in the African system supporting human rights defenders.   EHAHRDP was established...
 

Publication: The State of African Human Rights Defenders 2015

(Banjul, The Gambia) A compilation of country studies examining the situation of human rights defenders in Africa has been released today by the Pan-African Human Rights Defenders Network. The State of African Human Rights Defenders 2015 explores challenges, restrictions, and protections on the fundamental freedoms necessary for...
 

Burundi: Human Rights Defenders Under Government Attack

Burundi is at a turning point in its short history as a democratic country. The country’s forthcoming third democratic elections since the end of its long civil war, scheduled for May 2015, are of critical importance to its peaceful development, and are a source of growing concern to many national and international stakeholders.
 

Fermeture de Claiming Spaces : les DDH Burundais apprennent de nouveaux outils stratégiques.

Le projet des Défenseurs des Droits de l’Homme de l’Est et de la Corne de l’Afrique (EHAHRDP), est fier d’avoir complété sa formation d’une semaine: “Claiming Spaces: Outils stratégiques pour défenseurs des droits de l’homme” ce Vendredi 12 Décembre 2014 à Bujumbura. Cet évènement a vu se réunir à Bujumbura des défenseurs des droits de l’homme provenant de chaque coin du pays, et est le quatrième que EHAHRDP organise pour célébrer la Journée Internationale des Droits de l’Homme. Auparavant, l’évènement a eu lieu en Ouganda, en Tanzanie et au Sud Soudan.
 

Closing Statement for “Claiming Spaces: Tactical Tools for Human Rights Defenders” Workshop held in Burundi

The East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project is proud to have completed its one week event, “Claiming Spaces: Tactical Tools for Human Rights Defenders” this Friday 12 December 2014 in Bujumbura, Burundi. The event, which saw human rights defenders from across the country meet in Bujumbura, is the fourth EHAHRDP organises to annually celebrate the International Human Rights Day. It has previously been held in Uganda, Tanzania and South Sudan.
 

Claiming Spaces for Human Rights Defenders in Burundi

The East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project (EHAHRDP) is proud to launch the 4th annual edition of Claiming Spaces: Tactical tools for Human Rights Defenders in Bujumbura, Burundi taking place 8-12th December 2014. The event, comprising high-level discussions amongst human rights defenders...
 

Burundi: Réflexions sur une mission officielle au Burundi

Alors que élections de 2015 approchent à grands pas, la communauté des droits de l’homme du Burundi, connue comme étant très active, fait face à des défis majeurs dans un contexte de plus en plus complexe et difficile. Au cours de l’année 2014, l’espace de...
 

Burundi: Reflections on Country Mission- November 2014

Blog post by Hassan Shire As the 2015 general elections approach, Burundi’s vocal community of human rights defenders are facing a number of significant- and worsening- challenges. Throughout the course of 2014, the space for civil society has progressively narrowed, and the operating environment for...
 

EHAHRDP/PAHRDN Staff visit Ambassador of Burundi to Uganda

EHAHRDP  and Pan African Human Rights Defenders Network staff pay a courtesy visit to His Excellency Jean Bosco Barege Ambassador Extraordinary and plenipotentiary of Burundi to Uganda. The visit is held prior to Claiming Space Tactical Tools for Human Rights Defenders scheduled to be held...
 

Burundi: Release human rights defender Pierre Claver Mbonimpa

For leading Burundian human rights defender Pierre Claver Mbonimpa, the colour green serves as a daily reminder of his ongoing incarceration. As the Burundian state intensifies its clampdown on civil society space, Mbonimpa’s detention illustrates the grave risks facing human rights defenders who speak out...
 

ACHPR: Human Rights Situation in Africa

55th Ordinary Session of the Africa Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights Luanda, Angola Public Session Item 4: Human Rights Situation in Africa Statement by the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project Delivered by John Foley Madame Chairperson, distinguished Commissioners, State Delegates,...
 

ACHPR:Oral intervention on Human Rights Situation in Africa (Item 5)

Presented at the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, October 2013, by Hassan Shire, Chairperson, East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Network Honourable Chairperson, On behalf of the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project, I thank you for the...
 

Intervention orale sur l’Examen Périodique Universel du Burundi

Prononcée par Mme Solange Habonimana, le 6 juin 2013 (Conseil des droits humains: 23e Session) Merci Monsieur le Président, A travers cette intervention, la coalition EPU Burundi, représentée à cette session par le Forum pour  Le Renforcement de la Société Civile (FORSC), l’Action Chrétienne pour...
 

Burundi: Amend New Press Law

Press release Burundi: Amend New Press Law On World Press Freedom Day, the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project calls on the President of the Republic of Burundi, Pierre Nkurunziza, to reject the repressive new Press Law in its current form. The...
 

Burundi: UPR submission on situation of human rights defenders

The human rights situation in Burundi will be reviewed on 24th January 2012 under the Universal Periodic Review mechanism. During the review, which takes place at the United Nations in Geneva, a delegation from the Government of Burundi will present their national report and UN member...
 

Resolution of Sub-Regional Journalists Conference 2012 and Human Rights Defenders for the East and Horn of Africa

WE, the journalists and human rights defenders from Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia/Somaliland, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda, meeting at the Sub-Regional Journalists and Human Rights Defenders Conference organised by the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project in Mukono, Uganda, 12-16th November 2012:
 

Burundi: Verdict in Activist’s Killing Trial Fails to Deliver Justice; Despite Many Leads, Investigation Fell Short

The verdict on 22 May, 2012 in the trial of those accused of killing Ernest Manirumva, a Burundian anti-corruption activist, has been a missed opportunity to deliver justice, 20 Burundian and international non-governmental organizations said today in a joint statement. The outcome was a grave disappointment to those who have campaigned for his killers to be held to account, as potentially important evidence in the case was not pursued.
 

Burundi : Justice n’a pas été rendue à l’issue du procès sur le meurtre d’un militant, Malgré de nombreuses pistes, l’enquête n’a pas été à la hauteur

La décision rendue le 22 mai 2012 au terme du procès des personnes accusées d’avoir tué Ernest Manirumva, un militant anticorruption burundais, a été une occasion manquée de rendre la justice, ont regretté 20 organisations non gouvernementales burundaises et internationales aujourd’hui dans une déclaration conjointe. Ce résultat est profondément décevant pour ceux qui se sont mobilisés afin que ses tueurs rendent des comptes, car des éléments de preuve potentiellement importants n’ont pas été pris en considération.
 

Burundi: Reopening of Manirumva Murder Trial Tomorrow is Opportunity for Justice

The scheduled reopening of the trial of those accused of murdering Ernest Manirumva, a Burundian human rights defender, is a positive step, said the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project (EHAHRDP) and Protection International today. The public hearing is expected to open at 9 am on Friday 30th March at the Tribunal de Grande Instance de la Mairie de Bujumbura.
 

Justice for Ernest Manirumva

Brussels, April 6th 2011 On April 9th 2009, Ernest Manirumva, number two at OLUCOME, Burundi’s main association in the fight against corruption, was stabbed to death at his home.
 

Burundi: Free Journalist Detained on Treason Charges

20th July 2010 Kampala – The Burundian authorities should release Jean Claude Kavumbagu, a journalist arrested on treason charges on July 17, 2010, the Committee to Protect Journalists, the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project, and Human Rights Watch said today. The...
 

Burundi: Protect Independent Human Rights Reporting

Burundi: Authorities should reverse decision to expel international human rights worker. A group of 18 national, regional and international organizations working on Burundi today expressed concern that space for independent human rights reporting may be diminishing following the Burundian government’s decision to expel the Human...
 

Regular international reporting on the Human Rights Situation in Burundi

EAST AND HORN OF AFRICA HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS NETWORK Geneva: Ensure regular international reporting on the human rights situation in Burundi The East and Horn of African Human Rights Defenders Project (EHAHRDP) called on UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) representatives and on the Burundian government...
 

EHAHRD-Net welcomes its new members

EAST AND HORN OF AFRICA HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS NETWORK Kampala: EHAHRD-Net welcomes its new members The East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Network (EHAHRD-Net), is happy to announce the extension of the Network to include the new members of the East African Community,...
 

EHAHRD-Net first strategic planning meeting

EAST AND HORN OF AFRICA HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS NETWORK Kampala: EHAHRD-Net first strategic planning meeting starts today The East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Network (EHAHRD-Net), formed by human rights defenders in 2005, will be holding its first strategic planning meeting in Entebbe...