Rwanda: Kwibuka observance recalls 1994 genocide victims

Rwanda: Kwibuka observance recalls 1994 genocide victims

Rwandans on Friday honor the memory of the 1994 genocide that claimed the lives of more than 1 million people. The “remember, unite, renew” theme of the Kwibuka observance begins with President Paul Kagame lighting the Flame of Remembrance, with daylong events planned at the Kigali Genocide Memorial Memorial –…

Burundi reports: One dead after attack on Nkurunziza media advisor

Willy Nyamitwe, the head of communications for Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza, was wounded in an attack Monday in Bujumbura, local media outlets report. At least one person died in the incident. Nyamitwe remained in the hospital after an armed attack described as an assassination attempt. He suffered injuries to his arms,…

Burundi plans protest against UN inquiry on human rights

Demonstrations are planned in Burundi on Saturday to protest a United Nations decision to investigate human rights abuses, after the UN announced this week it had established a Commission of Inquiry. The U.S. Embassy in Bujumbura issued an informational message about marches in the city that are scheduled to begin…

Burundi: Official’s tweets stun public as he spars with NGO on genocide

In Burundi, a spokesman and senior advisor to President Pierre Nkurunziza has launched a series of social media messages condemning a global human rights organization’s unconventional campaign to warn against genocide. Willy Nyamitwe continued his Twitter storm early Wednesday against International Federation for Human Rights and the #Stopthismovie campaign. The…

Burundi on the “cusp of civil war”

“Burundi is at bursting point, on the very cusp of a civil war,” said he UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein. Fears are mounting as actions taken by the Burundi government resonate with those who recall the 12-year civil war in the country. However, these…