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Ending poverty: Davos hails Rwanda’s pursuit of gender equality  2015-01-28
Davos, Switzerland —  Rwanda was held up Saturday as a beacon for gender equality as the business and political elite at the Davos forum underlined the importance of achieving parity in ending poverty. The central African country, which two decades ago was struggling to recover from genocide that claimed 800,000 lives, became the first country in 2008 to have a parliament dominated by women ...
Local mediation committees spread democracy in Rwanda  2015-01-28
( University of Gothenburg ) Local mediation committees in Rwanda contribute to breaking conflict spirals. At the same time, they spread knowledge about laws and civil rights. This way, they are examples of a state-building from the bottom up. This is shown by a dissertation from the University of Gothenburg.
Rwanda Tribunal Taught Loretta Lynch Real Power of Prosecutors  2015-01-27
U.S. President Barack Obama listens as Loretta Lynch, Brooklyn prosecutor, speaks in the Roosevelt Room of the West Wing of the White House in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 8, 2014.
Rising risk of Burundi election violence, rights groups warn  2015-01-27
Burundi is facing a mounting risk of unrest ahead of key elections and African leaders should stop President Pierre Nkurunziza from running for a third term, rights groups warned Tuesday. "Burundi's path toward conflict and chaos has been deliberate, and gone unquestioned by the African Union," said the statement, released ahead of a summit meeting of the leaders of the 54-member AU bloc on ...
Burundi army accused of murder  2015-01-27
Witnesses tell the BBC that Burundian soldiers killed 17 rebels after they surrendered, but the army insists they were killed in combat.
World Bank gives Rwanda $70 mln to help fight poverty  2015-01-26
Rwanda received $70 million in aid from the World Bank to help reduce poverty by improving the African state's social protection benefits meant for the poorest households. Rwanda, one of sub-Saharan Africa's fastest growing economies over the past decade, has put poverty alleviation at the heart of its policy since the end of a genocide that killed 800,000 people in mid-1990s. The number of ...
Davos hails Rwanda's pursuit of gender equality  2015-01-24
Rwanda was held up Saturday as a beacon for gender equality as the business and political elite at the Davos forum underlined the importance of achieving parity in ending poverty. The central African country, which two decades ago was struggling to recover from genocide that claimed 800,000 lives, became the first country in 2008 to have a parliament dominated by women. "In 20 years, so much can ...
Fitch Affirms Rwanda at 'B+'; Outlook Stable  2015-01-23
LONDON, January 23 Fitch Ratings has affirmed Rwanda's Long-term foreign and local currency Issuer Default Ratings at 'B+. The Outlooks are Stable. The issue ratings on Rwanda's senior unsecured foreign ...
Rwanda Foreign Investment Down on Global Outlook, Ebola Fear  2015-01-23
Foreign direct investment in Rwanda fell last year because of the uncertain global outlook and a reduction in business travelers to the country that the government blamed on an Ebola outbreak on the other side of Africa.
Burundi’s tax revenues to rise 10 pct in 2015: revenue board  2015-01-22
Aid-dependent Burundi could see its tax revenues rise 10.2 percent to 720.8 billion francs ($466.54 million) in 2015 from last year due to higher tax collection on consumption and improved anti-graft efforts, its revenue board said on Thursday. "We predict this year there will be intense economic activities with the election period, and this will boost consumption and generate more tax revenues ...
UN warns Burundi over elections  2015-01-21
Burundi's government must ensure that crucial elections, scheduled for this year, are violence-free and open to the opposition, a senior UN official said Wednesday. Several opposition figures are facing criminal charges seen as politically-motivated ahead of local, legislative and presidential polls to be held between May and June. "Organizing peaceful and credible elections is one of the most ...
Burundi opposition radio boss arrested over Italian nuns' murder  2015-01-20
Burundi police on Tuesday arrested the head of a key radio station close to the opposition in connection with the murder of three Italian nuns after broadcasting an alleged confession of the killer. Bob Rugurika, director of the popular independent Radio Publique Africaine (RPA), was arrested for "complicity" in the murder the three elderly women, killed in twin attacks in the convent in ...
Burundi opposition leaders detained as polls loom  2015-01-16
Burundi opposition leaders on Friday accused Bujumbura of eliminating rivals ahead of elections, after a senior opposition figure was jailed for bribery and another arrested for rebel links. Frederic Bamvuginyumvira, a former Burundian vice-president and current deputy leader of the Front for Democracy (Frodebu) party, was sentenced Thursday to five years in jail for bribery following a sex ...
Burundi government boycotts UN election mission launch  2015-01-12
Burundi's government on Monday boycotted the launch of the UN observer mission for elections in May and June, as concern mounts over the risk of violence in the key polls. Foreign affairs spokesman Daniel Kabuto said there were "technical problems" concerning the exact role of the mission, saying it lacks the authority to verify the final results, something he says can be done only by the ...
Rebels 'planned offensive' ahead of Burundi elections  2015-01-05
Rebels in Burundi, who have suffered heavy losses in recent battles with the army, had planned a major offensive to destabilise the country ahead of elections later this year, the army said Monday. Over 100 fighters were killed last week by Burundi's army in forests some 50 kilometres (30 miles) north of the capital Bujumbura, where documents were found that showed the rebels had plotted ...





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