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  • Burundi: Escalating Violence Threaten Mass Atrocities and Civil War
    [ICG] Burundi again faces the possibility of mass atrocities and civil war. Escalating violence, increasingly hardline rhetoric and the continued stream of refugees (more than 200,000) indicate that divisions are widening, and the “national dialogue” is doing little to relieve the mounting tensions.
  • Burundi: Statement on Violence and Disturbing Rhetoric in Burundi
    [United States Mission to the United Nations] United Nations -The United States is alarmed by the escalating violence in Burundi and dangerous, irresponsible rhetoric on the part of the government, loyalist militias, violent anti-government forces and criminal elements. The United States will support the region and our partners in the international community so that those who commit or incite violence are held accountable.
  • Burundi: UN Chief Sounds Alarm Over Burundi Violence
    [VOA] U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says he is alarmed by an escalation of violence in Burundi and condemned Friday’s killing of the son of a prominent human rights activist.
  • Burundi: Special Envoy Thomas Perriello's Travel to Burundi and the Great Lakes Region
    [State Department] Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region of Africa Thomas Perriello will travel to Burundi November 8-11 to express urgent concerns over the political and security crisis there. He will communicate the U.S. government’s alarm at violence by government and non-government actors inside of Burundi, and the recent dangerous rhetoric by the Burundian government surrounding the expiration of President Nkurunziza’s five-day ultimatum to turn over all illegal arms. He will also call for all parties to
  • Burundi: UN Security Council Incapable of Handling Burundi 'Tragedy' says UN Special Rapporteur
    [RFI] Members of the international community need to “stop playing games” and effectively deal with the “impending crisis” in Burundi, UN Special Rapporteur Pablo de Greiff has told RFI. The UN Security Council has been “incapable of pronouncing itself clearly and forcefully” on a crisis sparked by President Pierre Nkurunziza’s controversial decision to seek a third term.
  • Burundi: Statement of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda, Regarding the Worsening Security Situation in Burundi
    [ICC] It is with grave concern that I note the increasing risk of violence in Burundi, as well as the reported use of inflammatory language by political leaders and other actors in the country.
  • Burundi: Amid Rising Violence, UN Calls For End to Killings, Start Dialogue
    [UN] Alarmed that bodies of dead civilians are turning up on a “regular” basis in the Burundian capital, Bujumbura, and in the wake of the killing of the son of a prominent human rights defender, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UN human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein today called for an end to the killings and widespread impunity that has characterized the recent violence.
  • South Africa: Is Country's Research Prowess Sustainable?
    [The Conversation Africa] The question of what impact scientific research has on economic development remains a touchy subject for academics and politicians alike. How should the impact of research be measured? What constitutes relevant research? How should funding be allocated?
  • South Africa: The Case for a National Minimum Wage to Tackle Inequality
    [The Conversation Africa] Minimum wages have played a central role in reducing inequality in countries as diverse as Indonesia, the UK and Brazil. Traditionally seen as a means to ensure workers earn enough to meet their basic needs, more attention over the last two decades has been given to minimum wages as a means to help create a more equitable society.

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