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SOS - Torture / Burundi No. 48

November 2016

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SOS - Torture / Burundi
Report No. 48 from 5th to 12th November 2016

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

This report of SOS-Torture covers a period from 5th to 12th November 2016 about serious violations of human rights in Burundi.

The report refers to the arbitrary arrests recorded. At least twenty-three (23) persons were arbitrarily arrested in various localities by police agents, the National Intelligence Service and the military.

SOS-Torture Burundi has documented an attempt to kill a young man after his abduction by agents of the national intelligence service in southern Bujumbura. The victim was left almost dead by the same agents who had long tortured him. Another victim was tortured in Cibitoke province by a police agent. She has not yet got justice till day despite having filed a complaint against the torturer.

SOS-Torture Burundi also mentions the imprisonment of the former Commander of the Riot Brigade, Commissioner of Police Désiré Uwamahoro for two weeks. This officer has been very active in the blood repression of the opponents of President Pierre Nkurunziza since 2015; But also in other crimes committed in the past and left unpunished. His place of detention and the conditions of his imprisonment are kept secret by the authorities.

SOS Torture has investigated one case of murder and two wounded during attacks by armed men in various areas of the country.

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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