An International Criminal Court prosecutor said she had seen reports of imprisonment, torture, and rape in Burundi over the last year as political tensions have devolved into violence.
Alfred Aubin Mugenzi, who goes by the stage name Kigingi, was picked up by the National Intelligence Service 10 months after he performed a skit that mocked Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza.
President Pierre Nkurunziza has finally agreed to let the international community intervene in Burundi's crisis, but regional experts and members of the political opposition have expressed their doubts.
Burundi’s embattled president announced that the government is open to talks with the opposition and willing to release hundreds of prisoners.
Plans to send AU troops into Burundi, with or without the government's consent, began to unravel over the weekend as several African leaders said they would not support the proposal.
Amnesty International says security forces buried the bodies of rebels after an attack on a government base as the African Union urges the president to accept peacekeeping forces to prevent further violence.
The African Union has said it's prepared to send thousands of peacekeepers to Burundi, but President Pierre Nkurunziza says he’ll "respond" if they cross the border without his permission.
In 2015, keeping power by force went out of fashion for some East and Central African leaders, who instead found ways to stay at the top legally -- but not without a fierce opposition.
Burundi, which UN officials say is on the brink of civil war, said there is no need for a peacekeeping mission. But the AU has invoked a rule which allows it to deploy a force without a country's consent.
Stressing the severity of the situation in Burundi, High Commissioner Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein spoke less than a week after armed men waged early morning attacks on multiple military bases in and outside of the capital of Bujumbura.
A day after armed men waged a series of attacks on military bases in Burundi, the army said least 90 people were killed in Bujumbura.
Gunmen carried out attacks on military bases throughout Burundi and gunfire could still be heard in the capital as night fell. The clashes follow a week of violent incidents that have become almost routine in the country.