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SOS - Torture / Burundi No. 50

November 2016

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SOS - Torture / Burundi
Report No. 50 from 19th to 26th November 2016

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

This SOS-Torture report covers the period ranging from 19th to 26th November 2016 about violations of human rights in Burundi. The report refers to the military parades of Imbonerakure militiamen affiliated to the ruling political party organized throughout the country and publicly on Saturday 19/11/2016. During these parades, the young militiamen proudly displayed wooden weapons as a demonstration of strength. These parades are very disturbing and confirm the existence of paramilitary training of militiamen and a desire to create fear, especially to people who do not adhere to the ideas of the CNDD-FDD party.

At least thirty-five (35) persons were arrested in various areas. Among them an officer of the Burundian army with the rank of Colonel was arrested illegally by agents of the National Intelligence Service (SNR) while he was still at work. Only military judicial authorities are authorized to carry out arrests of serving members. Among the arrests are also victims of raids in the Musaga zone (south of Bujumbura).

Among the assassinations listed, SOS-Torture Burundi refers to the case of a soldier shot dead in the Ngagara zone by an armed individual. Another case that also attracted attention: a grenade that killed a young child and wounded two others in Bubanza. This grenade belonged to the father of the family, a civilian member of the ruling CNDD-FDD party.

SOS-Torture Burundi also reports on the prison situation in the various detention centers in Burundi. In two months, the number of inmates increased with an increase of 395 more prisoners; from 9,420 detainees to 9,815 inmates between mid-September and midNovember. At this rate, prisoners could reach 10,000 in the near future, which is very alarming given the precarious prison conditions.

Finally, the report concludes with the words of the Director of SOS-Torture Burundi who responds positively to the appointment of the members of the Commission of Inquiry for Burundi by the United Nations Human Rights Council.

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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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