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Burundi government bans women from playing traditional drums

Drummers from the Gishora drumming group performing in Gishora. Burundi’s president has introduced strict controls over the country’s renowned drumming rituals. AFP PHOTO In Summary Burundians on Twitter slammed the decree as an “authoritarian slide” and a “sign of increasing efforts to control Burundian society”. In modern times drumming groups have flourished, performing at weddings, graduation ceremonies and baptisms. Burundi’s president, Pierre Nkurunziza has introduced strict controls over the country’s renowned drumming rituals, banning female drummers and limiting the sacred tradition to official events. “It is strictly forbidden to those of the female sex to beat drums. They can however...

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Burundi becomes first nation to leave ICC

Burundian president Pierre Nkurunziza In Summary South Africa and Gambia said they would both follow suit, before then later reversing their decisions. And Kenya and Uganda have also threatened to leave, but not acted on it yet. Zambia meanwhile has held public consultations, with an overwhelming 93 percent of those who participated opting to stay within the court. By AFP Burundi on Friday became the first ever nation to leave the International Criminal Court, set up some 15 years ago to prosecute those behind the world’s worst atrocities. “Burundi’s withdrawal from the Rome Statute will take effect on Friday,...

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Tanzania accused of arresting exiled Burundian rebel leaders

A Burundian rebel group says Tanzanian authorities have arrested four of its top leaders. The Popular Forces of Burundi said those arrested Saturday include the rebel group’s commander in chief, Maj. Gen. Jérémie Ntiranyibagira. Human rights activists condemned Tanzania’s decision to make the arrests, saying the Burundians face possible execution upon deportation to Burundi. Pacifique Nininahazwe, president of the human rights group known as FOCODE, said the arrests taint Tanzania’s image as a neutral mediator in Burundi’s peace process. It was not immediately possible to get a comment from the Tanzanian government and a spokesman for Burundi’s presidency said...

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Violence and Death of Burundi Nationals in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC September 20, 2017 The U.S. government is dismayed by the violence and death of more than 30 Burundian nationals and a Congolese soldier in Kamanyola, in the Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (D.R.C.) on September 15. We call upon the Government of the D.R.C. to work with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and UN peacekeepers to ease tensions between Burundi refugees and their host population. The cause of the violence must be determined and perpetrators must be held accountable. We urge the Government of the...

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