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SOS - Torture / Burundi No. 49

November 2016

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SOS - Torture / Burundi
Report No. 49 from 12th to 19th November 2016

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

This report of SOS-Torture covers the period from 12th to 19th November 2016 concerning violations of human rights in Burundi.

The report finds an increase of crime in certain areas, particularly in the western provinces in Cibitoke and Bubanza. At least four persons were murdered in these provinces, each time by not identified individuals. Among the victims killed is an officer of the National Police.

In the same part of the western part of the country, at least seven persons were kidnapped by armed individuals but unidentified. This is the second time that abductions have been committed in this region in period of only two weeks.

SOS-Torture Burundi also mentions the death of a new detainee due the negligence of the penitential authorities. The authorization to attend a hospital was granted to him while his state of health had deteriorated considerably. He is the fourth detainee who died in such circumstances since the beginning of the year.

Finally, Burundian civil society participated in the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. SOS-Torture Burundi is pleased with the continuation of the preliminary examination of Burundi announced by the ICC Prosecutor, despite the withdrawal of Burundi from the ICC and hopes that this examination will undoubtedly lead to the opening of the investigations properly.

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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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