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SOS - Torture / Burundi No. 59

January 2017

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SOS - Torture / Burundi
Report No. 59 from 21st to 28th January 2017

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

This report of SOS-Torture / Burundi covers the period from 21th to 28th January 2017 concerning the serious human rights violations that continue to be committed with total impunity in Burundi.

At least twenty-one (21) persons were arrested during the only seven (7) days period in various localities. Among them, however, fifteen (15) soldiers assigned to various military barracks in the country. The majority of the victims of these waves of arrests are linked to the attack on Mukoni Military Camp located in Muyinga province (north of the country) during the night of 23-24th January 2017.

These mass arrests of soldiers (officers, non-commissioned officers and men of rank) recall other arrests in cascade of soldiers from the former Burundian Armed Forces who arrived in September 2016, one of whom is Warrant Officer Eddy Claude Nyongera who was executed Savagely in the premises of the national intelligence service and more particularly in the aftermath of the attacks of the military camps of 11th and 12th December 2015

The report also refers to five (5) cases of murders recorded in the week of 21-28th January 2017 alone, including three bodies found dead near the Mukoni Military Camp in the aftermath of the Camp’s attack.

The report finally returns to the recent measure of release of certain prisoners following the presidential pardon decree.

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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