News in Brief 30 April 2015 (AM)

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Electoral workers conducting voter registration for the upcoming 2015 elections in Burundi. Photo: MENUB

Pre-election violence endangers Burundi's young democracy

Violence in Burundi ahead of elections is endangering democracy, according to a group of UN independent human rights experts.

Over the past days, Burundi has suffered a wave of killings, arbitrary arrests, the closure of media outlets, and the targeting of human rights defenders.

This has taken place in the context of peaceful protests against the decision of the ruling party to have incumbent President Nkurunziza run for a third presidential term.

Australia's 'national security' visa refusal violated right to family life

The UN Human Rights Committee has found that Australia violated the right to family life of an Iranian man who had to leave the country after 16 years because he was considered a threat to national security.

He was never given a specific reason.

Iranian national Mansour Leghaei was refused a permanent visa to stay in Australia due to what the authorities termed "compelling reasons of national security".

The Geneva-based Committee said that Australia's visa refusal, which compelled his family to choose whether to accompany him or stay in Australia, constituted arbitrary interference in the Leghaeis' right to family life.

Australia argued that the decision to expel Mr Leghaei was reached in accordance with Australian laws that are fully in conformity with international civil and political rights.

Events around the world to mark International Jazz Day

Events are taking place around the world on Thursday to mark International Jazz Day, with an all-star concert at the UN's cultural agency headquarters in Paris, France.

UNESCO and the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz say they are collaborating to recognize jazz music as a vehicle for freedom of expression and dialogue between cultures.

The concert is being streamed live on Thursday at 1pm EST.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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