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Burundi Torture Review: UN Experts Concerned at Reported Reprisals

The UN Committee against Torture has voiced grave concern about reported reprisals against four Burundian lawyers who provided information to it for a special review of Burundi.

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Prospects for Economical Fast Transportation across Africa

A unique transportation technology that can offer fast travel durations at competitive prices is being developed in such countries as South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia and China. The International Maritime Organization (IMO) classifies the technology as a boat, except that it resembles an aircraft due to its central fuselage and presence of wings. However, commercial aircraft wings are designed to generate a powerful vacuum effect on the top side at high forward speeds, when the aircraft lifts off into the sky. The aircraft look-alike generates zero vacuum effect on the top side of the wings at any speed.

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26th AU Summit: The African Union must adopt an emergency plan for Burundi to avoid the outbreak of an open conflict

While the African Union is currently holding its 26th summit in Addis Ababa, FIDH urges heads of States and governments to adopt a strong resolution to overcome the multi-faced political deadlocksthat could lead to the outbreak of an open conflict in Burundi. This emergency plan for Burundi must include a binding roadmap establishing an effective and inclusive dialogue between all stakeholders as well as the deployment of an African mission to protect civilians.”The markers of impending widespread violence in Burundi are gathered: persistent political deadlock, increase of torture, enforced disappearances, ethnic and political crimes, proliferation of mass graves, cases of sexual violence as well as rebel movements operating inside and outside the country. The African Union must adopt a robust response to the crisis, based on the protection of civilians and the resumption of political dialogue, “said Sheila Muwanga, FIDH Vice President.

In recent months, the international community has sought to take over the deep crisis in Burundi. In October 2015, United Nation Human Rights Council has decided to strengthen its presence on the ground and the African Union to investigate human rights violations in the country. On November 30, 2015, UN Secretary-General Mr. Ban Ki Moon has proposed to the UN Security Council three options to solve the crisis in Burundi: a peacekeeping mission under UN mandate, a special political mission or a support team responsible for promoting a political dialogue between the government and the opposition, advocating for the third option. Consequently, on January 22, 2016 a delegation of the Security Council went to Bujumbura. Since then, Burundian president Pierre Nkurunziza has reaffirmed his refusal to host an African mission of prevention and protection of civilians (MAPROBU) and no assurance of a resumption of an effective and inclusive dialogue with the opposition and the independent civil society could be obtained.

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Les biotechnologies agricoles au service des petits exploitants

Colloque international à la FAO du 15 au 17 février 2016

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Reports of Mass Graves and Serious Human Rights Abuses in Burundi

WASHINGTON D.C., United States of America, January 20, 2016/APO (African Press Organization)/ –Press Statement 

Mark C. Toner
Deputy Department Spokesperson

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RiskMap 2016: Excitement over “People Power” in Africa will not continue in 2016

People power witnessed in 2014 and 2015, for example in changes of government in Burkina Faso and Nigeria, will be proved limited in 2016. A combination of elections, constitutional pressures and financial difficulties will test governments across the region, including in Chad, Uganda, Congo (Brazzaville), Angola and South Africa. Incumbents will however retain their hold on power. These are some of the key messages of RiskMap 2016, published today by global business risk consultancy Control Risks. RiskMap highlights the most significant underlying trends in global risk and security, and provides a detailed view from the markets that will matter most in 2016.

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The African Union reiterates its deep concern regarding the situation in Burundi and calls for an inclusive dialogue to find a solution to the crisis

The Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union (AU), Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, is deeply concerned by the escalation of violence in Burundi, illustrated by yesterday’s attacks against military camps in the capital, Bujumbura, and in the Bujumbura Rural area, as well as by the subsequent acts of violence.

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Condemnation of Attacks in Burundi’s Capital

WASHINGTON D.C., United States of America, December 14, 2015/APO (African Press Organization)/ –Press Statement 

John Kirby
Department Spokesperson

Washington, DC

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La corruption gagne du terrain et les gouvernements sont impuissants à enrayer le phénomène, d’après le sondage d’opinion mené en Afrique

Transparency International estime que 75 millions d’Africains ont versé un pot-de-vin au cours de l’année dernière

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AU Commission awarded Africa Peace Award 2015

The Africa Peace Award (APA) 2015 has been awarded to the African Union Commission (AUC), in a colourful ceremony that took place on Saturday, 21 November 2015, at the International Conference Centre in Durban, South Africa.

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Burundi at “extremely dangerous tipping point” – Zeid

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein has warned that an increasingly grave human rights crisis has gripped Burundi, with potentially very serious regional repercussions. Zeid last night appealed to the Security Council to explore all possible options to prevent further violence, including asset freezes, travel bans and other steps to stop the ongoing violence and prevent a regional conflict.

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Le Burundi à « un tournant extrêmement dangereux » – Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein

Le Haut-Commissaire des Nations Unies aux droits de l’homme Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein a averti qu’une crise des droits de l’homme de plus en plus grave touchait le Burundi, avec des répercussions potentiellement très sérieuses pour la région. Le Haut-Commissaire a demandé la nuit dernière au Conseil de sécurité d’explorer toutes les options possibles afin d’empêcher davantage de violence, y compris le gel d’avoirs, des interdictions de voyager et d’autres mesures pour arrêter les violences en cours et empêcher un conflit régional.

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Government Officials from Central and Southern Africa Promote Good Practice in Preventing Tax Fraud

The AFRITACs Central and South organized on September 28-October 2 an interregional seminar, in collaboration with the Africa Training Institute. The event organized at the institute’s headquarters in Mauritius brought together senior officials and experts in tax and customs from Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Madagascar, Mauritius, the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Republic of Congo.

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Burundi and Sri Lanka, two test cases for the prevention of recurring mass violations – UN expert

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on transitional justice, Pablo de Greiff, today said that a ‘tradition of impunity’ seriously undermines accountability and reconciliation efforts in any country. He stressed that “prevention of recurring mass violations is not only a matter of making changes in texts; prevention calls for changes in practice and attitude in a society.”

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It’s Not Just about the Money: To Change the World We Must Change Ourselves

The Mediterranean sea has become a graveyard for Africa’s youth. Every day, we see images of what would appear to be a continent racked by conflict and poverty, and people risking – often losing – their lives in an attempt to flee . Yet Africa has 11 of the 20 fastest growing economies in the world. Africa has enormous resources, and almost half of the world’s uncultivated land that is suitable for growing food crops. So why are so many people desperate to leave behind a land of such opportunity?

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Council of the European Union conclusions on Burundi

BRUSSELS, Kingdom of Belgium, June 22, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ 1. The political deadlock in Burundi and the deteriorating security and economic situation have serious consequences for the population and pose risks for the region as a whole. Faced with this critical situation, the EU welcomes the fact that the region has mobilised to find a solution. The decisions on the situation in Burundi adopted at the African Union (AU) summit of 13 June, as well as the conclusions of the East African Community (EAC) summit of 31 May 2015, establish an indispensable framework for enabling Burundi to overcome the crisis.

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Annual forum on women’s football in Africa to be launched at 2015 women’s world cup symposium

Lydia Nsekera, FIFA’s first female executive and Isha Johansen, President of the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) and the only female president of a Football Association in Africa are joining forces with FIFA and the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to promote the participation of African women and girls in football through an annual forum on the subject.

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