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SOS - Torture / Burundi No. 63

February 2017

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SOS - Torture / Burundi
Report No. 63 from 18th to 25th February 2017

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

This report of SOS-Torture, which covers the period from 18th to 25th February 2017, talks about human rights violations that continue to be committed with impunity in Burundi.

The report refers to the arbitrary arrests of twenty-two (22) people during the above-described period in various localities in the country. Among these arrests, fourteen (14) are linked to political motives, since they are militants of the opposition party FNL arrested in Ngozi and Rumonge, respectively in the north and south-east of the country. Only the FNL militants from Rumonge were lucky enough to be released. To these arrests include FNL militants who have undergone inhuman and degrading treatment, beaten in Gisuru (Ruyigi) by Imbonerakure militiamen on order of the communal administrator.

Among the arbitrary arrests, SOS-Torture Burundi noted a large roundup in downtown Bujumbura, with the aim of ransoming hundred persons arrested. The report also details serious incidents at Rumonge prison, where the police guarding the prison fired real bullets at detainees, causing among them three wounded, and one seriously.

During the period, SOS-Torture Burundi noted two (2) cases of killings in Bujumbura and Gitega. The victims are all women, mothers of families. One of the victims was a member of the state-owned water and electricity management company Regideso.

The report also refers to the case of new expulsions of the inhabitants of Kagaragara zone from Gihanga commune to Bubanza. The administration expelled more than five hundred (500) families without being able to relocate them. The same operation was carried out in December 2016. It is an inhuman treatment that does not take into account the vulnerability of these inhabitants, especially the women and children who make up the largest part of these households.

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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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