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SOS - Torture / Burundi No. 55

January 2017

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SOS - Torture / Burundi
Report No. 55 from 24th to 31st December 2016

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

This SOS-Torture report covers the period from 24th to 31th December 2016 and highlight violations of human rights in Burundi.

The report first of all refers to the alarming situation in Burundi, with ten thousand (10,000) detainees having been reached in December 2016. Among those detainees, the accused are far superior to those convicted, confirming the various allegations SOS Tortures and other human rights organizations have reported arbitrary arrests since the beginning of the crisis. In addition to violations of prisoners’ rights, their health conditions are exposed to the risk of disease and other nutrition problems.

At least seventeen (17) persons were arrested during the week in various areas. Among them is a trade union leader, Mr. Tharcisse Gahungu, who was arrested while holding a trade union meeting in Ijenda. Activists from the opposition party FNL are also among those arbitrary arrested, including two forced disappearances in Murwi. The majority of the arrests recorded were carried out by agents of the national intelligence service.

SOS-Torture Burundi also reports seven (7) persons murdered in various areas, including three persons from the same family. A grenade held by civilians also exploded, causing death to a child playing with it in Songa commune, Bururi province.

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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