Human Right

Ndikumana and son released!

03-12-2020 Aline Ndikumana, the spouse of a CNL party secretary in Nyabiraba commune in Bujumbura province and her son are now free after six months of detention. She was sentenced to two years of imprisonment and a fine of BIF 100 thousand for illegal possession of firearms. Aline Ndikumana, the (...)

Ndikumana holding her son appears before Muha Court of Appeal

03-07-2020 Aline Ndikumana appeared on 6 March before the Court of Appeal of Muha commune. She is accused of illegally possessing firearms. The court postponed the trial to investigate in details charges against the detainee. Detained for more than six months as she is accused of “illegally possessing firearms”, Aline (...)

Rights Commission concerned over targeted killings

02-26-2020 Sixte Vigny Nimuraba, Chairman of the National Independent Commission for Human Rights-CNIDH says there is a need to conduct investigations on killings reported in different localities. “Even though the commission hasn’t yet conducted investigations on cases reported in different localities, the criminal responsibility is individual,” he says. On 24 (...)

Iwacu reporters sentenced to thirty months’ imprisonment

01-30-2020 Bubanza High Court has just sentenced Iwacu reporters to two years and six months’ imprisonment and each of them fined BIF one million. Adolphe Masabarakiza, their driver has been acquitted. Their accusations would have been changed. They would have been accused of an “impossible attempt of complicity in undermining (...)

CNIDH pleads for temporary suspension of deduction from teachers’ salary.

01-22-2020 The National Independent Commission for Human Rights has presented a seven-day investigation conducted on the conflict between two teachers’ unions-SYGEPEBU and SEPEDUC and a coalition of teachers’ union-COSESONA. The commission says the coalition violated the labor rules. Sixte Vigny Nimuraba, Chairman of the National Independent Commission for Human Rights-CNIDH (...)

Another Burundian journalist detained

01-17-2020 Blaise-Pascal Kararumiye, correspondent of Radio Isanganiro in Karusi province has just spent his first night in the police dungeon of Karusi province. He was taken to the dungeon after being heard by the prosecutor on his story on the management of the funds granted to “Sangwe” cooperatives situated in (...)

European parliament demands release of four detained Burundian journalists

01-17-2020 European parliamentarians adopted on 16 January a resolution condemning the continued deterioration of human rights situation in the lead-up to the upcoming elections. According to them, the victims of those abuses are mainly political opponents and people who are considered to be opponents. The European Parliament also called on (...)

Two teachers’ unions appreciate CNIDH intervention over their concerns

01-15-2020 On behalf of two teachers’ union namely the General Union of Teaching Staff in Burundi -SEPEDUC and the Union of Professional Teachers in Burundi-SYGEPEBU, Egide Nkeshimana, and Deputy Chairman of SEPEDUC says their unions appreciate the step achieved by the National Independent for Human Rights- CNIDH. “The Commission has (...)

Rights Commission to investigate teachers’ concerns

01-12-2020 The National Independent Commission for Human Rights-CNIDH has set up a commission of five people including three commissioners and two officials of the commission to investigate the complaints raised by some teachers. Sixte Vigny Nimuraba, Chairman of the Commission has said that some teachers have expressed their concerns about (...)

First convoy of Burundian refugees to be repatriated from Tanzania postponed

10-02-2019 “The lists of Burundian refugees to be repatriated from Tanzania were not yet ready for October 1st. and the first convoy is therefore postponed to October 3rd,” says Nestor Bimenyimana, Director General of the repatriation and rehabilitation department in the Ministry of Home Affairs. On August 23, the Burundian (...)