Law, Power and Peace in Burundi

Welcome to this website which has the ambition to become the reference site for students, researchers, journalists, civil servants and others interested in particular in the linkages between law, politics and peace in Burundi.

Who was prosecuted after the assassination of President Melchior Ndadaye on 21 October 1993? What was the position of the Conseil national pour la défense de la démocratie (CNDD) vis-à-vis the Government Convention of September 1994? What does the September 2006 peace agreement between the government and Palipehutu-FNL provide for?

By way of an example and in order to generate your interest, these are some of the questions for which you can find an answer in the documents made available on this website. The information is sub-divided in ten sections. Each of the sections is subdivided in chapters and contains primary sources (peace agreements, statutes, judgments, electoral results, resolutions, etcetera) as well as analytical texts (reactions by political parties, academic papers, etcetera). Whenever available, two language versions are posted, but in most cases only the French language version is available.

Initially, we will concentrate on Burundi’s recent history, from the end of the 1980s onwards, when President Buyoya undertook the first initiatives towards political liberalisation. This website is under permanent construction and we invite you to contribute to its development by sending us documents which, preferably, are not yet available elsewhere on the internet.

Stef Vandeginste

The website is updated approximately once a month.
On 2 February 2018, new documents were added to the sections Constitution, Elections, Human Rights, Political Parties and Transitional Justice. A new chapter 'Referendum 2018' was added to the section Elections.