On 1 July 1962, Burundi achieved independence from Belgian colonial rule. Like many of its neighbouring countries in the Great Lakes Region of Africa, colonialism left Burundi and its population plagued by political instability, violence and divisions. Only three years after independence the country began seeing the first waves of violence. Read more about the conflict, peace process and recent developments in Burundi here.
Impunity Watch in Burundi
Impunity Watch has been engaged in Burundi since 2010. We began by monitoring the post-conflict election process, working with local civil society organisations, examining political discourses surrounding the elections and mapping the needs and desires of affected communities for transitional justice. In 2011, our office was established in Bujumbura.
In order to tackle structures of impunity, we believe that increased knowledge, understanding and participation of affected communities in transitional justice processes are needed. To this end, we ensure the participation and involvement of victims, women and girls, as well as facilitate inter-generational exchange to achieve effective transitional justice processes. Alongside this community work, our innovative and participatory research methods have enabled us to become a reliable source of information from the ground that meets the increasing demand for objective information from within the country. Our work leads to in-depth analyses that tap into Burundi’s complex socio-cultural particularities and give voice to local communities. On the basis of these efforts we are able to bring the needs/ experiences of affected communities forward, ensuring that their needs and Burundi do not disappear from the policy agenda.
The Observatory of Judicial Independence is a tool to monitor and analyse the internal and external factors that threaten judicial independence in Guatemala.