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SOS - Torture / Burundi No. 54

January 2017

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SOS - Torture / Burundi
Report No. 54 from 17th to 24th December 2016

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

This SOS-Torture report covers the period ranging from 17th to 24th December 2016 about violations of human rights in Burundi. At least forty-eight (48) persons were arrested during the week in various localities. Among them, twenty (20) were arround Bururi market (south of the country). The security forces have alleged the presence of armed groups to arrest these young persons. SOS-Torture Burundi also noted the untimely roundups conducted in the Musaga zone (south of the city of Bujumbura) where at least two such operations are carried out every week. At the end of the operation, arrested persons are released only after payment of bribes. The report also refers to the deportation of five hundred (500) families from the Kagaragara hill to Bubanza. Despite the security reasons advanced by the authorities, there was no excuse for putting families consisting largely of children on the streets without first having prepared suitable reception areas worthy for a human being. The report also refers to the incursion of Burundian soldiers into Republic Democratic of Congo soil, which caused the death of a dozen of Burundian soldiers. Three murders are also recorded, but the authors have not yet been identified. The Report evokes for the last the trial aiming at radiating (4) Burundian lawyers, a trial that took place on Thursday 22/12/2016.

To consult all reports: http://sostortureburundi.org/

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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