While Burundi wallows in political upheaval, the United Nations has watched its government repress protests as dissidents and members of the opposition are tortured, killed, or disappeared.
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.
Burundi’s embattled president announced that the government is open to talks with the opposition and willing to release hundreds of prisoners.
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.
In a distressing brief, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein said that witnesses reported the existence of at least nine mass graves in and around Bujumbura believed to contain some 100 bodies.
VICE News obtained a confidential memo written by the UN’s peacekeeping office that shows the organization is woefully unprepared to prevent worsening bloodshed in Burundi.
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.
It's no coincidence that protests this year in the Republic of the Congo, Burundi, and South Africa came at a time when Africa's youth population is booming.
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.