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SOS - Torture / Burundi No. 46

November 2016

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SOS Torture / Burundi
Report No. 46 from 22nd to 29th October 2016

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

This SOS-Torture report covers the period ranging between 22nd to 29th October 2016.

The report evokes the arbitrary arrests listed during the week. Among these arrests are reiterated members of the opposition party FNL (National Liberation Front) led by the current Vice President of the National Assembly Agathon Rwasa. At least four militants of FNL were arrested during the week. Among them, a young man who was beaten by militiamen ’Imbonerakure’ before being arrested by the police.

SOS-Torture Burundi also talks about enforced disappearance of a noncommissioned officer of the Burundian army. Chief Corporal Ernest Bagayuwitunze is traceless since October 23th, 2016; not foundable in the official custody.

The report also mentions the scandalous decision of the Government to remove and suspend the main organizations of civil society in Burundi and the Burundian Union of Journalists. Among the suspended associations include SOS-Torture Burundi, which however has not requested accreditation in Burundi.

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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