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SOS - Torture / Burundi n37

August 2016

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SOS-Torture / Burundi

Report number 37 from 20th to 27th August 2016

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

In this report of SOS-Torture 20th to 27th, 2016, we talk about arbitrary arrests that have continued in some areas. The most common form of the arrests remains the raids conducted daily by police.

These raids have taken a dramatic turn in Bujumbura Capital City with the suicide of a young man, a street vendor, desperate by the untimely arrest which he was victim, beaten and ransomed by police to each arrest.

At least sixty-nine persons were arrested, the majority among them during police raids. During police operations, the youth militias ’Imbonerakure’ belonging to the ruling party CNDD-FDD on power are constantly present and conduct arbitrary arrests, often violent.

Two new body tied up were discovered in Bubanza province. The victims were buried in a field. In addition to these killings, three other civilians were murdered. The report also noted twenty-two people injured in armed attacks. One of the injured, a demobilized from the army, is a victim of torture by the presidential guard.

Journalist Jean Bigirimana of press group Iwacu is still missing for over since one month he was kidnapped by unidentified individuals’ agents of the National Intelligence Service.

To consult all reports: sostortureburundi.over-blog.com

The SOS-Torture Campaign / Burundi was initiated with the aim to inform national and international opinion on the ongoing serious violations of human rights in Burundi through monitoring reports including torture, arbitrary arrests, enforced disappearances, sexual violence and summary executions. This initiative to inform on what is happening in the country was triggered by the slaughter of a hundred people killed between 11 and 12 December, 2015 by the police and military pretending to fight rebels who attacked military camps located on the peripheries of the capital city. The affected areas are said protesters of the third term of President Nkurunziza namely Musaga, Mutakura, Cibitoke, Nyakabiga, Jabe, the two last ones being located in Bujumbura downtown.

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