Dialogue Needed to Address Flawed Burundi Election

Election observers sit in an empty polling station for the presidential elections in Bujumbura, Burundi, July 21, 2015.

The balloting and electoral process have been broadly criticized as non-credible by the East African Community and international partners, including President Obama during his recent visit to Kenya. More

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Audio New Violence in Burundi Unravels Years of Peace

Burundi’s controversial presidential election has been postponed until July 21 amid escalating violence there.

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Audio Nigeria Still Weak on Human Rights

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Audio Medical Research Keeps Up Fight Against Ebola

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Audio Burundi Turmoil Prevents Free and Fair Elections

The United States is deeply disappointed that the government of Burundi proceeded with the vote despite woefully inadequate conditions for credible elections.

Audio Human Rights Still Suffer in Zimbabwe

As in previous years, human rights conditions in Zimbabwe are a particular concern.

Audio Protecting Africa's Elephants

Destruction of one ton of confiscated elephant ivory in New York’s Times Square, sends clear message that the United States will not tolerate wildlife crimes.

Audio Empowering Women and Girls

Sexual violence in conflict is an atrocity that stands in the way of peace, prosperity, and gender equality.

Audio Peace May Finally be at Hand in Mali

An alliance of political separatists has signed a ground-breaking peace deal with the government of Mali, a hopeful step toward ending decades of fighting in the troubled West African nation.

Audio Holding Sudan's Bashir Accountable

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Audio Justice For Victims of Mass Atrocities

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Audio Helping Africans Gain Access to Justice

"Access to justice doesn’t just mean access to courts, it means access to information and to government services from a government that is responsive to their needs."

Audio U.S. Stands Firm for Change in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe, once a pride of Africa and its breadbasket, has fallen far in recent decades, driven down by government policies, political violence and economic decline.

Audio South Sudan Errs in Expelling UN Aid Coordinator

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Audio Jeh Johnson at U.N. Counter Terrorism Committee

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Audio The Arusha Agreement Must be Respected

The United States again calls on President Pierre Nkunrunziza to respect the term limit provision of the Arusha Agreement in order to restore stability and help his country heal after weeks of violence.

Audio U.S. Committed to Stopping Wildlife Smuggling

"This conviction of Elite Estate Buyers ... demonstrates our resolve in going after all those involved in the illegal wildlife trade."

Audio Input by African Leaders Welcome in Burundi Crisis

East African leaders will meet soon at another special summit to discuss the crisis in Burundi, where police and protesters continue to clash on the streets of the capital.

Audio Tunisia Shows Democracy is Possible

"Democratic institutions, while sometimes difficult in the transition…can succeed when they have courageous leadership and when they have compromise."

Audio Algiers Accord a Hopeful Step Toward Peace in Mali

Political separatists have signed a preliminary peace agreement with the government of Mali, a hopeful step toward ending decades of fighting in the troubled West African nation.

Audio Restraint Needed to Prevent Further Violence in Burundi

Political turmoil continues in Burundi, with top government officials being dismissed following a short-lived effort by some military officers to take over the government.

Audio Deal to Disarm Raises Hope in C.A.R.

Rival militant groups in the Central African Republic have agreed on an accord that requires them to disarm, raising hopes of finally restoring peace and bringing reconciliation to the troubled nation.

Audio Burundi Political Crisis Takes a Violent Turn

We urge all stakeholders to take the steps necessary to create the conditions required for peaceful, timely, credible and transparent elections.

Audio Continued Civil Strife Puts South Sudan at Risk

The government and opposition in South Sudan continue to engage in armed conflict, despite an agreement to end hostilities that have resulted in the deaths of thousands of innocent South Sudanese citizens and the displacement of over 2 million more.

Audio Supporting Refugees

The United States and its partners are committed to helping resolve conflicts, build democratic and just societies. Until then, we are working to safeguard refugees’ lives, and their dignity.

Audio Renewed Violence Threatens Mali Peace Process

Violence continues to flare in areas of northern Mali despite concerted efforts to end years of insurgency with a negotiated peace.

In Togo, Africa Marks Another Free Election

Togolese President Faure Gnassingbe has been sworn in for a third term leading the West African nation, following his victory in the April 25 presidential balloting.

Audio Unity Will Defeat Terrorism in East Africa

The area’s peace and stability are vital to the security of all of Africa, and for the United States, too.

Audio A Setback for Democracy in Burundi

Supporters of President Pierre Nkurunziza have disregarded the Arusha Agreement’s provisions on presidential term limits and nominated him for re-election in Burundi.

Audio Sudan Election Lacks Credibility

The United States and its Troika partners Norway and the United Kingdom regret the Government of Sudan’s failure to create a free, fair, and conducive elections environment.