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Alarming Gender Based Violence Figures in Burundi

01-04-2017 Some centers against gender based violence say the figures are high. Victims are beaten, ill-treated, sexually abused, their body parts cut … for various reasons. The “Seruka Centre” recorded 1288 cases of gender based violence in 2016. Among them 95% were women, 5% men, 20% children under 5 years (...)
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Ligue Iteka banned from working in Burundi

01-03-2017 The Human Rights association-Ligue Iteka is no longer allowed to work in Burundi from 21 December. Pascal Barandagiye, Interior Minister, says the association has not ceased its actions to tarnish the image of Burundi since its temporary suspension on 24 October 2016. “Ligue-Iteka is recalcitrant and sows hatred and (...)
' From left to right: Zarir Meurat, Cordaid Representative in Burundi, Venant Ntakimazi, Director General of the Ministry of Justice, and Jean Pierre Hakizimana, the Coordinator of ACJB.

Budget inconsistent with Justice Ministry’s importance, study finds

12-28-2016 A study commissioned by the Association of Burundi Catholic Lawyers (ACJB) has concluded that, based on the analysis of 2016 budget, the Ministry of Justice receives a share that does not reflect the importance of the institution. “The overall assessment is that the Ministry of Justice receives an insufficient (...)
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Human rights situation in Burundi still deeply worrying, activists say

12-16-2016 Burundian Human Rights activists say that more than 1,000 people have been killed and more than 9,000 have been detained in various dungeons in the country since April 2015. The President of the National Independent Human Rights Commission, CNIDH, however, says that Burundi has improved its human rights situation (...)
' Armel Niyongere: “The association will continue to collaborate with the ICC Prosecutor office and the UN experts”

Lawyers of victims offer to collaborate with UN Commission of Inquiry

12-08-2016 The association of lawyers defending the victims of the 2015 crisis and their clients say they are willing to collaborate with the UN commission of inquiry composed of three experts. The inquiry aims to identify the perpetrators and accomplices of crimes committed in Burundi under ICC jurisdiction. “The association (...)
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UN Experts urge Burundi Government to protect civilians

11-30-2016 In a statement issued on 29 November, the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) has called on Burundi government to take prompt and effective action to protect civilians, by authorizing a United Nations police contingent to monitor the security and human rights situation in the (...)
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Armel Niyongere : Elected as member of OMCT General Assembly

11-30-2016 World Organization Against Torture –OMCT General Assembly held on 26 November in Geneva, Switzerland, elected new members including Armel Niyongere, a Burundian human rights defender. He was chosen for his commitment to fighting against impunity and torture in Burundi. The Chairman of the Christian Action for the Abolition of (...)
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Burundi : Human Rights Leagues with controversial missions

11-29-2016 On 26 November, the Home Affairs Ministry organized a public protest march in the Burundian capital for two reasons: to protest against the deployment of the three commissioners of enquiry on the human rights situation in Burundi, recently appointed by the UN Human Rights Commission and to denounce the (...)
' Bujumbura refuses to cooperate with UN commission of inquiry on Burundi

Bujumbura refuses to cooperate with UN commission of inquiry on Burundi

11-24-2016 The UN Human Rights body appointed on 22 November three commissioners namely Fatsah Ouguergouz (Algeria), Reina Alapini Gansu (Benin) and Francoise Hampson (United Kingdom) to investigate human rights violations and abuses committed in Burundi. Ouguergouz will serve as the Chair of the three-member Commission. The Commission has also been (...)
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FIDH and Ligue Iteka report on crimes committed in Burundi

11-17-2016 The International Federation for Human Rights-FIDH and “Ligue ITEKA” association have published a report on 15 November about “Repression and genocidal dynamics in Burundi”. Burundi government refutes the allegations it contains. The 200–page report summarizes and identifies crimes committed in Burundi since April 2015. FIDH and Ligue Iteka report (...)