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SOS - Torture / Burundi No. 64

March 2017

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SOS - Torture / Burundi
Report No. 64 from 25th February to 4th March 2017

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

This SOS-Torture report covers the period from 25th February to 4th March 2017 on human rights violations committed with impunity in Burundi.

The report refers to the arbitrary arrests recorded, amounting to forty-six (46) during the period evoked above and this in different localities of Burundi. Among these arrests we found thirty-five (35) persons of Rwandan nationality, victims of political tensions between the Burundian and Rwandan authorities. There are also acts of violence by the Imbonerakure militiamen of the CNDD-FDD party who continue to attribute to themselves the right to conduct illegally arrest with the blessings of the administrative and security authorities.

During the aforementioned period, SOS-Torture Burundi has been able to document five (5) cases of murder, including two lynching victims orchestrated by Imbonerakure militiamen in Ruyigi, eastern part of the country.

The report also refers to the inhumane conditions of detention of minor children in a container in Rugombo commune Cibitoke province. Containers should in no case be used as places of detention, since they are used in principle in the transport or storage of goods.

SOS-Torture Burundi also wishes to express its concern about the procedure initiated by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) in this current context of political and security crisis in Burundi.

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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