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SOS - Torture / Burundi No. 41

September 2016

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SOS - Torture / Burundi
Report number 41 from 17th to 24th September 2016

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

This SOS-Torture Campaign report of 17th to 24th September 2016, the campaign evokes the arbitrary arrests that continue to intensify.

At least thirty-six (36) were arrested during raid operations conducted by the police and the National Intelligence Service (NIS). Among these persons fourteen (14) No Commissioned Officers (ONCs) former Burundian armed forces "EX FAB" were illegally arrested by NIS agents and charged a week after the arrests for endangering the internal security of the state and involvement armed groups. All were transferred from the National Intelligence Service (NIS) to the central prison of Ngozi.

Among the victims of arbitrary arrests, the SOS-Torture Campaign also counts twenty (20) civilians including activists of an opposition party FNL.

The Campaign also talks about the tragic case of Warrant Officer Eddy Claude Nyongera arrested in the same case as of the fourteen (14) fellow No Commissioned Officers. He was buried by his family when the prosecutor hasn’t yet opened an investigation to determine the circumstances of his death in the premises of the National Intelligence Service. The body of this NCO shows mutilation, which is not due, presumably, the grenade would have served his suicide as the police said.

The report also mentions six bodies discovered in rivers: Rusizi and Mubarazi. Only one among the persons discovered has been identified, the administration hastened to bury the victims. That probably justifies extrajudicial executions and bodies are thrown whether in rivers or in mass graves.

To consult all reports: sostortureburundi.over-blog.com

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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