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Conference on truth commissions and transitional justice begins in Burundi

Burundi Transitional Justice - SRSG for Burundi and Gov't Rep Speak

UN Representative speaks and the Burundian government representative listens

Karin Landgren, Special Representative of the UN Secretary General in Burundi adresses the Conference on transitional justice in Burundi. Immaculee Nahayo, Minister of National Solidarity, Human Rights and Gender, Government of Burundi listens before presenting her speech.

For more photos from the Opening Ceremony of the Transitional Justice Mechanisms: Lessons Learned from Truth and Reconciliation Commissions conference click here.

Over 50 participants from nine countries gathered to listen to remarks for the opening ceremony and shared high expectations for the work during the three-day conference and of the eventual establishment of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission for Burundi.

A visit to the Burundi work

The final stop on Arlene Kelly’s trip to Africa was a day and a half with the Burundi team of the AFSC. In a few short hours a whirlwind of meetings took place with Burundian civil society partners of AFSC-Burundi, with a couple UN offices, government ministries, international partners and Friends (Quaker) partner organizations in Burundi.

Burundi program - former child soldier talks

Former child soldier talks with small group who listen attentively

Kabba Williams, reformed child soldier from Sierra Leone and Jane Meleney Coe, Bethesda Friends Meeting converse as Johnson Borh from Liberia and Rachel Muhorakeye from Burundi listen keenly.

Mediation exchange - presenter

Presenter during the Mediation Workshop

Regional Seminar in Burundi on Mediating Elections-related Disputes

About 40 high level participants are expected to participate in a regional seminar on the theme, “Mediating Elections-related Conflicts” being organised in Bujumbura, Burundi, by the American Friends Service Committee from 9 – 11 June 2010. The aim of the seminar is to contribute to peaceful elections by sharing experiences, knowledge and building mediation capacity within Burundi and other African countries.

AFSC Report from Burundi Summer 2009

Jacob Enoh-Eben reports on his work as AFSC Country Representative in Burundi and the efforts to build community and heal trauma in this post-conflict country. More info at http://www.afsc.org/africa/

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