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Clare Sambrook

Clare Sambrook, investigative journalist, co-edits Shine a Light.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Parliaments and the defence of democracy

National legislatures too frequently pass legislation limiting freedom and democracy. To change this requires not just training, but also an appeal to the personal incentives of individual MPs.

In Burundi, we are seeing the creation of an ethnic conflict

The risk of genocide is palpable, and it needs to be stopped now.

Burundi teeters on the brink of civil war following coup attempt

Burundi looks like it is entering a vortex of renewed violence. It's in a troubled region, we have been here before—and the president's determination to pursue an unconstitutional third term is blocking any democratic alternative.

Burundi: a democratisation from which violence may stem

The international community has indirectly contributed to making Burundi a facade democracy, now prey to a political and even a security crisis. Français

Our voices: Violence against women and impunity

Film: In this series of short films Burundian women look at key issues in the wake of the civil war, which ended in 2005. More than 1 million Burundians were internally displaced or forced to flee the country as a result of the 12-year civil conflict which killed over 300,000 people.

Our voices: Women's political participation

Film: In this series of short films Burundian women look at key issues in the wake of the civil war, which ended in 2005. More than 1 million Burundians were internally displaced or forced to flee the country as a result of the 12-year civil conflict which killed over 300,000 people.

Our voices: Poverty and livelihood

Film: In this series of short films Burundian women look at key issues in the wake of the civil war, which ended in 2005. More than 1 million Burundians were internally displaced or forced to flee the country as a result of the 12-year civil conflict which killed over 300,000 people.

Our voices: Reconciliation and justice

Film: In this series of short films Burundian women look at key issues in the wake of the civil war, which ended in 2005. More than 1 million Burundians were internally displaced or forced to flee the country as a result of the 12-year civil conflict which killed over 300,000 people.

Non-governmental diplomacy: a key to redressing human rights violations in Burundi

Burundi has come a long way, but there are still very dark stains on the country's human rights record. Non-governmental diplomacy can help.

Burundi at 50: towards a governance of peace

As Burundi celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of its declaration of independence, the landscape is bleak: impunity, insecurity and extra judicial killings of members of the opposition. One of the biggest obstacles to reconciliation is the lack of truth over the country’s history, says Lyduine Ruronona

50 Ans d’indépendance au Burundi: envers une gouvernance pour la paix

A l’heure ou le Burundi  s'apprête à célébrer les cinquante ans de proclamation d’indépendance le tableau est sombre : l’impunité, l’insécurité et les exécutions extrajudiciaires  des  membres des partis politiques de l’opposition. Parmi les grands obstacles à la réconciliation, il y a le manque de vérité sur l’histoire du pays, dit Lyduine Ruronona.

La transformation des vies au Burundi : « maintenant je ne suis plus battue »

Les femmes au Burundi ont pu obtenir des modifications radicales du Code pénal, faisant du viol une infraction sanctionnée par la prison à perpétuité. Le tabou interdisant de dénoncer la violence sexuelle a été brisé et la vie de tant des femmes – et des hommes – a commencé à changer profondément, dit Lyduine Rurunona

Safety from below: is non-state security the way forward?

Many communities in countries torn apart by violence look beyond the state for their protection, to neighbourhood watch groups, civilian patrols or self-help associations. Interest in these non-state providers has risen sharply in the donor community, but can the risks of supporting vigilantes and criminal rackets be contained?

Understanding contemporary violence in Central Africa: militarism, race, and gender

It is time to challenge the conventional explanations of gender based violence. Patricia Daley argues that it can only be understood in association with contemporary geo-economic forces and the Central African experience of modernity

Congress blocks Afghan aid as Petraeus steps up

Congress blocks Afghan aid as Petraeus steps up. Recent elections in Burundi are slammed by opposition politicians as unfree and unfair. Both Russia and the US scramble to play down spy arrests in a bid to maintain good relations. 17 combatants left dead in clashes between Turkish security forces and Kurdish rebels. All this and more in today’s briefing...

Peacebuilding in Burundi: how peace transitions can work

International Alert supports a series of small post-conflict initiatives in Burundi. And some of the values that motivate these are also dear to the liberal hearts of the international community. A reply to Oliver Richmond’s ‘Liberal Peace Transitions’.
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