Jean Bigirimana
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Jean Bigirimana: No news about him seven months after his disappearance

02-23-2017 The journalist Jean Bigirimana who worked for both Iwacu Press Group and Infos Grands Lacs has gone missing since July 22, 2016. His wife asks competent authorities to let her know the results of the investigations conducted on her husband’s disappearance. Met at her home in Kamenge neighborhood, in (...)
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A warm tribute to Jean Bigirimana

08-26-2016 On the fourth day of the week dedicated to Jean, Iwacu organized a ceremony closing the mourning week that has begun since last Monday, August 22, marking a month after the disappearance of our colleague. Acquisition of identical T-shirts, the putting in place of a large photographic portrait, calls (...)
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Honoring the disappeared, preserving the living

08-22-2016 From this 22 August, exactly one month after Jean has gone missing, Iwacu begins a grieving week. Since the beginning of its activities eight years ago, Iwacu has experienced difficult times; journalists have been intimidated and threatened. Two journalists were forced to flee the country. As far as I (...)
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In Search of Jean : Bodies buried without formal identification

08-19-2016 The two bodies recovered last week from the Mubarazi River were buried this Tuesday, August 16, 2016 in Muramvya cemetery. According to the wife of our colleague Jean Bigirimana, the latter is not among them. “After identification, we buried them, because the bodies were in an advanced state of (...)
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“Finding Jean” Operation : Two bodies recovered from the Mubarazi River buried

08-17-2016 The two bodies fished out from the Mubarazi when searching for Jean Bigirimana, the Iwacu journalist who has disappeared since 22 July were buried in the afternoon of Tuesday,16 August in Muramvya province. Human Rights defenders whom Iwacu contacted confirmed the information. According to the same sources, there had (...)
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Burundian Journalists longing to know where Jean Bigirimana is

08-16-2016 On 12 August, three professional associations of Burundian Media have written a letter to President Pierre Nkurunziza to ask him to free the journalist Jean Bigirimana working for Iwacu newspaper abducted since 12 July by the state services as several sources stated. They appeal to Burundi president to urge (...)
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“Finding Jean” Operation : Two corpses recovered from the Mubarazi River.

08-15-2016 Thursday August 11, civil protection rescuers extracted two dead bodies found near Bihongo waterfall in Nyabisiga rural area. The area is situated in Bugarama zone where Jean Bigirimana disappeared. At 12, first aid workers of the civil protection police unit arrived at “Concasseur”, the meeting place where they were (...)
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Operation ” Finding Jean ‘: How a second body was discovered in the Mubarazi River

08-11-2016 Macabre surprise: On 9 August, in the evening, during a field visit by the members of the National Commission for the Human Rights- CNIDH, the Judicial Police, police unit in charge of Civil Protection and agents of the National Intelligence services- SNR to verify the information reported by Iwacu, (...)
' Alert – “Finding Jean” Operation / Mubarazi 2:50 p.m.: a headless corpse has been found!

Alert – “Finding Jean” Operation / Mubarazi 2:50 p.m.: a headless corpse has been found!


08-11-2016 A team of civil protection officers alongside Iwacu journalists on the banks of the Mubarazi river. There, the reporters of the newspaper, in search of their missing colleague, Jean Bigirimana, discovered a body thrown into the river last Sunday. Another corpse was found later on.

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Is it Jean Bigirimana?

08-08-2016 After three days of investigations on the ground, Iwacu journalists found a body in the area where, according to several sources, the journalist disappeared. Iwacu decided to publish the following account of the investigations. Friday, August 5 Shortly after the disappearance of Jean Bigirimana, Iwacu started an investigation to (...)