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Burundian authorities Must Respect Press Freedom

May5

Brussels – Burundian democracy is being threatened by the recent clampdown and attacks on local journalists. Such is the most important point made by a coalition of international press freedom organisations and media groups at a press conference held today in Brussels in solidarity with the oppressed journalists of Burundi.

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Court upholds Nkurunziza’s candidacy as Rwanda breaks silence

Local media in Bujumbura has reported Tuesday that the Constitutional Court has upheld President Pierre Nkurunziza’s nomination as candidate for the ruling CNDD-FDD party in the upcoming election.

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Boko Haram: close to a Thousand Nigerian Girls Freed, Many Malnourished or Pregnant

Boko Haram, fleeing to a new hideout, has abandoned hundreds of women and girls in the Sambisa forest where the high school girls from Chibok were initially taken over one year ago. It is not certain, however, that the freed girls and women were part of the 200 plus kidnapped victims of Boko Haram, officials say.

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Who are the Imbonerakure and is Burundi unravelling?*

Bujumbura – Armed, murderous, militarised, partisan, powerful, unaccountable, uneducated: this is how many in and even outside Burundi describe the Imbonerakure, the youth wing of the ruling party. It, however, dismisses such accusations as opposition propaganda.

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Voters standing up for term limits in Africa

The public demonstrations in Burundi by citizens opposed to President Pierre Nkurunziza running for a third presidential term, are just part of a broader wave of uprisings across Africa where an increasingly politically aware public — thought to be too poor or too ethnically minded to engage in protest politics that leads to social transformation — is using uprisings, protests and revolts as its political currency.

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When peacekeepers become perpetrators: France and the UN’s child sex shame in the CAR

France and the United Nations have both been implicated in the sexual abuse of minors in the Central African Republic – French troops for committing the offences, and UN officials for covering them up. It’s another disgraceful chapter which demonstrates that there really is no one that CAR’s most vulnerable people can really trust. By Simon Allsion.

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