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SOS - Torture / Burundi No. 56

January 2017

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SOS- Torture / Burundi
Report No. 56 from 31st December 2016 to 7th January 2017

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

This SOS-Torture report covers the period from 31th December 2016 to 7th January 2017 on human rights violations in Burundi.

At least thirty (30) persons were arrested during the week in various localities. Among them were victims of raids in Gihanga and Mugamba commune. In the first case, the arrested persons had to pay bribes in exchange for their release.

The report also refers to the case of a detainee who was brought out of Muramvya prison in violation of the rules on procedures for the transfer of detainees. The prosecutor of the Republic in Muramvya and the head of the national intelligence service of the same province who conducted the operation did not communicate the new place of detention.

SOS-Torture Burundi also reports six persons (6) murdered in various areas, including a member of the Government. The Minister of Water, Environment and Town Planning was killed on New Year’s Eve by a man who was not identified. This is the first time since the beginning of the crisis that a member of the government is the victim of a targeted armed attack.

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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