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SOS - Torture / Burundi No. 58

January 2017

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SOS-Torture / Burundi
Report No. 58 from 14th to 21st January 2017

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

This report of SOS-Torture covers the period from 14th to 21st January 2017 on human rights violations in Burundi.

At least twelve (12) persons were arrested during this period in different areas. Among them, several militants of FNL opposition party (National Front of Liberation) including a woman leader of this opposition party led by Agathon Rwasa. The arrests are all arbitrary, carried out without warrants and in flagrant violation of all procedural rules and all marked by the absence of tangible evidence in relation to the burdens on the various persons arrested.

The report also refers to five (5) murders, including three (3) in the only Kiyenzi zone of Bujumbura province. Another victim is also listed in the province of Cibitoke, a locality with a high rate of unresolved crime in the recent weeks.

The Report also talks about the recent decision of the Court of Appeal of Bujumbura to chase from Burundi Bar Association three lawyers and a fourth one which was suspended for a period of one year and prohibited from serving on as counsel for a period of five years.

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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