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SOS - Torture / Burundi No. 43

October 2016

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SOS - Torture / Burundi
Report No. 43 from 1st to 8th October 2016

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

In this report of SOS-Torture of October 1st to 8th, 2016, the campaign evokes the arbitrary arrests and assassinations that its observers have been able to identify during this period.

At least twenty-nine (29) persons were arrested by the police and the National Intelligence Service (SNR). Among them, ten people were arrested in the same house by police agents in Mutakura. About a week after detention at SNR, they still have not yet appeared before a magistrate. Arbitrary arrests also involve two members of an opposition political party FNL. The party activists are particularly victims of arrests and other human rights violations. The Campaign SOS-Torture Burundi could list at least sixty-nine (69) FNL activists’ victims of their political membership in a period not less than one month (AugustSeptember 2016)

Arbitrary arrests are justified by the police and the SNR by security disturbance charges of endangering the internal security of the state or participation in armed groups. These charges are very vague and are never accompanied by tangible evidences.

The report also mentions the release of two persons detained by the National Intelligence Service: the businessman Gideon Gihaga and the political opponent Gervais Niyongabo.

In this report, the SOS-Torture Burundi campaign give the point with a former ICC trainee lawyer Me Gustave Niyonzima on the Burundian government will to withdraw from the Rome Statute governing the International Criminal Court.

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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