HRDs being interviewed by journalists


Statement calling for the renewal of the Special Rapporteur’s Mandate on Burundi

To Permanent Representatives of Member and Observer States of the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council (Geneva, Switzerland) 18 August 2022 Burundi: Extend the Special Rapporteur’s mandate Excellencies, At the 48th session of the UN Human Rights Council, in October 2021, the Council established a special procedure on Burundi. The new Special Rapporteur mandate includes […]

Shocking Decision as Appeal Court Upholds Conviction of Lawyer Tony Germain Nkina

[Burundi] 8 October 2021.- Six international human rights groups – Amnesty International, the Burundi Human Rights Initiative, DefendDefenders (East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project), Human Rights Watch, Protection International Africa, and TRIAL International – condemned the decision of the Court of Appeal of Ngozi on 29 September to uphold the conviction and […]

Germain Rukuki’s Sentence Reduced, a judicial victory for the Burundian HRD

Germain Rukuki’s Sentence Reduced A judicial victory for the Burundian HRD [Nairobi/Brussels, 22 June 2021] – After a series of drawn-out court proceedings, the Appeal Court has ruled that the sentence for Burundian human rights defender (HRD) Germain Rukuki has been reduced from 32 years to 1 year, with a fine of 50,000Fbu. Germain was […]

Germain Rukuki’s Second Appeal Proceedings Begin

Burundian Human Rights Defender given a second chance at receiving a fair trial [Brussels/Nairobi] 24 March 2021 – Eight months after the Burundian Supreme Court rejected the Appeals Court’s decision to uphold his 32-year prison sentence, human rights defender Germain Rukuki today appeared for his second appeal proceedings. The Appeal Court’s ruling is expected to […]


17 June 2020 Joint statement After the sudden passing of President Nkurunziza of Burundi, this coming Thursday General Évariste Ndayishimiye will take the oath to become the new President-elect of Burundi. As this swift power transition unfolds, it also offers an opportunity to open a new chapter for the people of Burundi and its civil […]

Oral statement – Human Rights Council Interactive dialogue on Burundi

Item 4 – Interactive dialogue with the Commission of Inquiry on Burundi 42nd session of the Human Rights Council – 17 September 2019 Thank you, Mr. President, The signatory organizations remain concerned about the serious human rights violations in Burundi. Among other things, the political intolerance that prevails in connection with the 2020 elections should […]