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SOS - Torture / Burundi No. 42

October 2016

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SOS - Torture / Burundi Report number 42 from 24th September to 1st October 2016

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

SOS-Torture Campaign report of 24th September to 1st October 2016 highlights arbitrary arrests and assassinations listed during the week.

SOS Torture campaign was able to identify nine (9) persons who were arrested mainly by agents of the police and the National Intelligence Service (SNR). These persons include six members of opposing political parties among others the National Liberation Front (FNL) and many others, and the most recent case is the president of a party. This is Mr. Gervais Niyongabo, president of party FEDES SANGIRA was arrested on a warrant issued by Attorney General before Court of Appeal of Bujumbura for participation in armed groups and an attempt to the internal security of the State. Niyongabo is also part of the main platform of the political opposition "CNARED" not recognized by the Burundian government.

At least four (4) persons were murdered during the past week among them a victim found in a river. This is a man shot dead but the circumstances of his death remain unknown.

The report also mentions the overall prison situation in Burundi. The pace is doubtful because the number of inmates trend increased sharply in a single month. There are currently 9,420 inmates for a receiving capacity of only 4,194 persons. Between the last publications of the prison situation in Burundi on 25th August and the actual situation end of September prisons of Burundi received 234 new prisoners.

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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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