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SOS - Torture / Burundi No. 53

December 2016

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SOS - Torture / Burundi
Report No. 53 from 10th to 17th December 2016

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

This report of SOS-Torture covers the period ranging from 10th to 17th December 2016 concerning human rights violations in Burundi.

At least forty-four (44) persons were arrested during the week in various parts of the country. Among them, eighteen (18) were in Makamba province and were accused of planning an attack on a military camp. Without any tangible evidence, the Intermediate Court of Makamba sentenced them to sentences varying between 5 and 20 years of imprisonment during a red-handed hearing.

The report mentions at least twelve (12) persons murdered, including ten (10) in the province of Cibitoke and in various communes of that province. The reasons for these crimes have not yet been elucidated.

Among the killings, SOS-Torture Burundi is concerned about the killing of a detainee and a guard at Gitega prison. Less than 48 hours after the murders, the High Court of Gitega hastened to convict 3 individuals without any tangible proof linking them to these two murders. These practices of ’flagrance’ are increasingly used by the courts and do not convince on the guilt of the alleged. Not only do they violate the principle of the presumption of innocence but in addition they do not respect the necessary guarantees for a fair trial such as the right to choose a lawyer freely and the preparation of the defence and even more serious these practices distort the investigations.

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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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