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SOS - Torture / Burundi No. 57

January 2017

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SOS - Torture / Burundi
Report No. 57 from 7th to 14th January 2017

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

This report of SOS-Torture covers the period from 7th to 14th January 2017 and focus on serious human rights violations that continue to be committed with impunity in Burundi.

At least thirteen (13) persons were murdered in various areas of the country. Among them are recently eight bodies without lives found in a bush in the Kanyosha zone south of the capital Bujumbura. The local administration hastened to bury the victims without any attempt to identify them or investigate the circumstances in which the murders were committed. In Cibitoke province, targeted assassinations based on allegations of witchcraft have been increasing for several weeks. SOS-Torture Burundi reports two new cases this week.

The report also refers to the arbitrary arrests of an officer still at work in the Burundian army. The National Intelligence Service regularly conducts military arrests when it is not empowered to question in servive military personnel because only the military police and the general auditorate or auditorate according to the category and grade of the member concerned have the prerogatives to carry out this operation. Military judicial authorities remain silent in the in front of procedural flaws.

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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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