Burundi accused of widespread rights abuses before referendum

Hundreds of people have been killed and arrested since protests began, and a coup was attempted against President Nkurunziza in 2015.


Burundi vote allows president to extend time in power

President Pierre Nkurunziza could now run for two more terms after vote decried by opposition as foregone conclusion.


Burundi opposition leader: Referendum a 'parody'

Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza is seeking a constitutional amendment allowing him to rule until 2034.

Burundi opposition leader rejects referendum ahead of result


Vote-count as Burundi's leader seeks to extend rule

President Pierre Nkurunziza wants 'yes' votes in a referendum to potentially extend his reign until 2034.


Burundi votes on referendum to extend president's term

If approved the constitutional changes could see President Nkurunziza stay in power until 2034.

Burundi votes on referendum that could extend president's term

Reporter's Notebook

Burundi's high-stakes referendum

Opposition groups say if presidential term limits are extended, it will reverse gains made under the peace deal that ended country's civil war.


Burundi attack: Funerals held for victims ahead of referendum

Timing of referendum aimed at making sure that its president stays in power beyond present constitutional limits has come under criticism by human rights groups.


Burundi referendum: All you need to know

President Pierre Nkurunziza seeking constitutional change potentially allowing him to remain in power until 2034.


'Real carnage': Dozens killed in attack on Burundi border village

Armed group crossing from DRC 'shot and burned' villagers, killing at least 26 and wounding seven, officials say.


Burundi bans BBC and Voice of America before referendum

Six-month suspension comes weeks before vote that could see presidential terms extended from five years to seven.

Burundi bans BBC and Voice of America before referendum


Burundi orders unmarried couples to wed by end of 2017

Unmarried couples in the East African country of Burundi have until the end of the year to legalise their relationships through church or state registrations.

Human Rights

Burundi becomes first country to leave ICC

Burundi is the first country to withdraw from the ICC amid accusations that the court focuses too much on the continent.

Burundi first to leave International Criminal Court


Why did DRC forces kill 39 Burundian refugees?

There are various accounts of Friday's protest, in which a 10-year-old girl was among those killed. Here's what we know.

Why were 39 Burundian refugees shot dead in the DRC?


DR Congo forces kill 36 Burundi refugees

'Overwhelmed' troops shot at refugees who were protesting against plans to be sent home, official says.


UN accuses Burundi of crimes against humanity

Government denies allegations after investigators describe 'climate of fear' fuelled by violations including executions.

UN commission: Burundi commits crimes against humanity