French journalist Jean-Philippe Remy  and British photojournalist Phil Moore: Le Monde has called for the immediate release of both journalists following their arrests on Thursday. Photograph: Charly Triballeau, Phil Moore/AFP/Getty Images

Police in Burundi police have arrested a British and a French journalist during a sweep for rebels in flashpoint districts of the capital, officials s(...)

President Pierre Nkurunziza: Burundi has suffered a worsening wave of violence since he said he would seek a third term. Photograph:  Goran Tomasevic/Reuters

The United Nations has documented cases of Burundi’s security forces gang-raping women during searches of opposition supporters’ houses and heard witn(...)

New Irish ambassadors to Australia, Canada and Greece are among 11 senior diplomatic nominees  approved by Cabinet.

New Irish ambassadors to Australia, Canada and Greece are among 11 senior diplomatic nominees who have been approved by the Cabinet. Breandán Ó Caoll(...)

Pall-bearers carry the coffin of Welly Nzitonda, the son of human rights defender Pierre-Claver Mbonimpa, during a funeral ceremony in Bujumbura, Burundi, on November 10, 2015. AFP PHOTO / LANDRY NSHIMIY

It is a bit predictable for a human rights organisation to produce a report saying how bad the human rights situation is, but we have reached a turnin(...)

 Front Line Defenders executive director, Mary Lawlor  at the launch of ‘Stop the Killings - Front Line Defenders Annual Report 2016’. Photograph:  Conor McCabe Photography.

Ireland should speak up more strongly against human rights abuses in countries where it has political or strategic interests, an advocacy group has sa(...)

 Mary Lawlor, founder and director of Front Line Defenders: “Ireland and the EU must be as strong speaking up for human rights defenders in countries where they have political and strategic interests as they are when it comes to the usual suspects,” she said. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Some 157 human rights activists were killed or died in detention in 25 countries last year, according to the advocacy group Front Line Defenders. T(...)

A man begs for help from the military as he stands in a drain where he had hid to escape from a mob in Burundi’s capital, Bujumbura, last May. Photograph: Aymeric Vincenot/AFP/Getty Images

Burundi’s government will not take part in peace talks with the opposition scheduled for Wednesday because it holds some of the participants responsi(...)

Clockwise from top: Rwanda’s Paul Kagame; Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni; DRC president Joseph Kabila; and  Burundi’s Pierre Nkurunziza

The recent decision by Rwanda’s electorate to allow Paul Kagame to seek a third term in office – and Kagame’s confirmation last Friday that he will do(...)

Pope Francis kisses a statue of baby Jesus as he arrives to celebrate New Year’s Day Mass in St Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican.  Photograph: Gregorio Borgia/AP

In his first message of 2016, Pope Francis summoned humanity to show compassion and to transcend the apathy that impedes peace in a world that has of (...)

Paul Kagame: he has been president since 2000 but has been in control since  1994. Photograph: Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images

Rwandan president Paul Kagame has announced his intention to seek a third term in 2017, confirming a decision that was widely expected following the a(...)