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18 Dec 1996 description

African leaders met in Nairobi December 16 and 17 to discuss the crisis in the Great Lakes Region. However, contrary to the expectations of the Buyoya government and others, neither the conflict within Burundi nor the regionally imposed embargo against the country were discussed.

12 Dec 1996 description

From Ferdinand Bigumandondera; PANA Correspondent

11 Dec 1996 description

GENEVA (Reuter) - The United Nations on Wednesday said Burundi's army had killed at least 1,100 people, including hundreds of Hutu returnees from eastern Zaire in October and November, based on its investigations and witness accounts.
The U.N. human rights office, in reports issued in Geneva detailing the massacres, said Hutu rebels waging an increasingly effective guerrilla war against the Tutsi-dominated army had also killed scores of civilians in the same period in the tiny central African country.

27 Nov 1996 description

The information contained in this report was provided by the Office of the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for Operational Activities in Burundi, UN Agencies, International Organisations and NGOs

23 Nov 1996 description

KAMPALA, Uganda (PANA) - Burundi's President Pierre Buyoya, who met President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda on Friday, is willing to start peace talks with other factions in his troubled country.

21 Nov 1996 description

On November 21, members of the United Nations Human Rights Field Operation in Burundi (HRFOB) visited Cibitoke province where they learned for the first time of a massacre of returnees which occurred last month.

The human rights observers spoke to people in the area and to the local authorities including the military.

They ascertained that on the night of 22/23 October, 258 people were killed in the Murambi Church in Buganda commune. A further 110 people were wounded. Of this number 40 later died of their injuries - making the death toll 298.

13 Nov 1996 description

BUJUMBURA, Burundi (PANA) - A meeting which was to be attended by parties to the dispute in Burundi initially scheduled for Thursday in Arusha, Tanzania, at the initiative of former Tanzanian president Julius Nyerere, has been postponed indefinitely, a government spokesman said in Bujumbura on Wednesday.

12 Nov 1996 description

The humanitarian impact of the turmoil in eastern Zaire continues to spill over into Burundi. There has been a marked increase in both the number and size of skirmishes between Hutu rebels and Burundian military authorities as rebels continue to attempt to traverse the country and establish new bases of operation in existing camps in Tanzania on the border with Burundi. Over the past week, fighting or major attacks have been reported in northern, southern and central provinces as well as in the hills overlooking Bujumbura.

11 Nov 1996 description

This is the second in a series of updates which will be published at six week intervals between full RNIS reports, which are now published every three months. The update is based on information available to the ACC/SCN (see list of sources attached) and aims to cover rapidly changing situations. Some brief explanatory text is included, along with tables to describe numbers of people affected, and to summarise survey data included.

08 Nov 1996 description

PART I - HIGHLIGHTS
(Details below in Part II)

05 Nov 1996 description
report Save the Children

Background

04 Nov 1996 description

Jennifer Ludden, Special to The Christian Science Monitor

31 Oct 1996 description
report Article 19


Chapter 1
POLITICAL BACKGROUND

1 History and Social Structure

Rwanda and Burundi have a similar history and social structure. In both countries the Hutu make up a substantial majority of the population – about 85 per cent – with the Tutsi comprising 14 per cent. The Twa constitute the remaining 1 per cent.