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SOS - Torture / Burundi No. 61

February 2017

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SOS - Torture / Burundi
Report No. 61 from 4th to 11th February 2017

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

This report of SOS-Torture covers the period ranging from 4th to 11th February 2017 on the human rights violations that continue to be committed with impunity in Burundi.

The report refers to arbitrary arrests, particularly targeting those opposed to President Nkurunziza’s third term, and members of the formerly Tutsi "ex-Fab" army suspected of opposing the illegal mandate of President Pierre Nkurunziza and supporting the Armed movements. SOS Torture Burundi has been able to identify five (5) civilians, including three arrested in Cibitoke province by the police commissioner in that province.

During the week of 4th to 11th February, SOS-Torture Burundi reported the enforced disappearances of at least six (6) persons in Mutimbuzi commune a few kilometers in the west of Bujumbura by an unidentified armed group. This group has not yet manifested itself and has not given any sign of the life of victims of abductions.

SOS Torture Burundi was able to list five (5) cases of murder during this week, some of which are victims of a confrontation between an armed movement and the police in Mutimbuzi commune of Bujumbura Province, while others were killed mysteriously and their bodies found in different localities of the country.

The report of SOS Torture Burundi comments on the recent decision of the Subcommittee on Accreditation of National Human Rights Institutions to demote the Independent National Commission on Human Rights of Burundi (CNIDH) to "B" status. The same decision grants a maximum period of one year to provide proof that the latter has lived up to its mission in Burundi and also demonstrates that it respects international principles, failing which the demotion will be effective.

Lastly, through this report, the SOS-Torture/Burundi Organization officially launches a campaign against judges and prosecutors who serve other interests than those of the judiciary, currently used as a tool for the repression of all dissenting voices because of certain judges who support the ruling party and this campaign aims to identify them by name. The Burundian population, victims, families of victims, human rights defenders, judges, magistrates and lawyers are called upon to deliver reliable information in proper time.

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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