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SOS - Torture / Burundi n38

September 2016

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SOS - Torture / Burundi

Report number 38 from 27th August to 2nd Septembre 2016

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

In the report of SOS-Torture of 27th August to 2nd september 2016, the Campaign talks about arbitrary arrests that continue to be committed in some areas. Raids regularly conducted by the police continued.

At least seventy-four civilians (74) were arrested the majority during police raids. The report also states that most are victims of their political beliefs, because they do not adhere to the ruling CNDD-FDD.

The SOS-Torture Campaign/Burundi came back on the imprisonment situation that remains volatile in all penitentiary centers of Burundi. At the end of August, the number of prisoners reached 9231 people for a capacity of only 4,194 inmates.

The report also mentions fifty families of victims of serious violations of human rights in Burundi who have decided to seize the International Criminal Court. The group of lawyers that assists those families had previously received sixty other families of victims of complaints, making a total of over one hundred and ten (110) families to overcome fear in order to claim an independent and effective international justice.

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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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