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SOS - Torture / Burundi No. 40

September 2016

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SOS - Torture / Burundi
Report No. 40 from 10th to 17th September 2016

Monitoring of cases of torture, arbitrary arrests, enforced disappearances and summary executions

In this SOS-Torture report of 10th to 17th September 2016, the SOS-Torture Campaign Burundi recalls that arbitrary arrests have continued in several areas.

At least twenty-seven persons (27) were arrested during operations conducted by the police and the National Intelligence Service. For each operation, no warrant was presented, much less the reason for the arrest. Among the victims of arbitrary arrests, the SOS-Torture Campaign counts fourteen (14) persons arrested in Rwisabe zone, Mutaho commune, Gitega province. All these people are opposition party activists arrested on the order of the youth militia ’Imbonerakure after confrontations between the two groups.

The Campaign SOS-Torture Burundi also evokes the arbitrary arrest of another opposition activist, Glorisose Kwizera an MSD member party, she is also chief of Kinindo quarter in the city of Bujumbura. Regarding the cases of murder, SOS-Torture was able to identify six people killed, including three members of the same family at Mugamba in Bururi province. The other three victims were slaughtered with machetes in different municipalities.

SOS-Torture Campaign/Burundi is seriously concerned about the case of a Non Commissioned Officer of the Burundian army; Senior Non Commissioned Eddy Claude Nyongera reported by the police that he was dead following a suicide by grenade. This statement is however contradicted by witnesses who reported that the Non Commissioned Officer was in custody and in a critical condition after a long session of torture in the premises of the National Intelligence Service. The SOS Torture Campaign fears that it is either an execution disguised as suicide.

In the same context, other under officers (at least three) were arrested during the week but their places of detention are not yet known.

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The SOS-Torture Campaign / Burundi was initiated with the aim to inform national and international opinion on the serious violations of human rights ongoing in Burundi through monitoring reports including torture, arbitrary arrests, forced disappearances, sexual violence and summary executions. This initiative of the realities of the country follows the slaughter of a hundred persons killed during the day of December 11th and that of December 12th, 2015 by the police and military forces under the pretext of pursuing rebels who came to attack military camps located on the outskirts of the capital. The affected areas are said protesters of the third term of President Nkurunziza namely Musaga, Mutakura, Cibitoke, Nyakabiga, Jabe, the last two being located in the center of Bujumbura.

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