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SOS - Torture / Burundi No. 60

February 2017

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SOS - Torture / Burundi
Report No. 60 from 28th January to 4th February 2017

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

This report of SOS-Torture covers the period from 28th January to 4th February 2017 concerning human rights violations which continue to be committed with impunity in Burundi.

The report refers in the first place to the acts of torture suffered by the military arrested in the wake of the alleged attack on the Mukoni military camp in Muyinga, the attack mentioned in the previous report. Some of these soldiers still bear traces of the ill-treatment suffered while others remain in a state of suffering in the various prisons of the country where they were transferred after the historical trial of the Muyinga which appeared in an unprecedented precipitation. With cold blood in front of the physical sufferings of the defendants who had just been presented to them, they sentenced them in less than 48 hours, without ordering medical assistance, without taking into account the acts of torture inflicted on them, let alone ordering investigations to find their torturers despite them being members of the security services.

At least six (6) persons were arrested arbitrarily in different localities. To these are added 186 Burundians extradited by force and in violation of all international conventions on extradition, by the Congolese authorities to Burundi. These people had sought asylum in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Ministry of Justice had them all detained in various prisons at the time when the minister had asserted that all these persons would be handed over to their respective families immediately after identification.

SOS-Torture Burundi also reported five (5) persons killed in various localities, including two victims found in the Ngagara zone in two days interval.

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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