Justice
' 568 prisoners have been released thanks to the presidential pardon

Happiness and Anxiety among Mpimba Presidential Pardon Receivers

01-30-2017 568 detainees, including members of MSD party and protesters against the 3rd term, were released on Monday (23 January) from Mpimba Central Prison. The presidential pardon announced by Nkurunziza in his New Year’s speech concerns 2,500 prisoners. Some people speak of a more political measure than that of good (...)
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Over 500 prisoners released following presidential pardon

01-24-2017 568 prisoners have been granted a presidential pardon. Their release was officially launched on 23 January in Mpimba prison by the Ministry of Justice. During the ceremony of releasing the prisoners, Aimée Laurentine Kanyana, Minister of Justice, said the presidential pardon would allow 2500 prisoners to be released and (...)
' $ 73 million to assist Burundi’s most vulnerable

$ 73 million to assist Burundi’s most vulnerable

01-20-2017 The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in collaboration with the United Nations, has officially launched the Burundi Humanitarian Response 2017, on 19 January in the capital of Bujumbura. The plan aims at assisting about three million people who are vulnerable due to food insecurity and other challenges. “It is estimated (...)
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Bujumbura Court of Appeal disbars four lawyers

01-17-2017 Bujumbura Court of Appeal decided on 16 January to disbar three lawyers from the Bujumbura Bar Association while another one is suspended for one year and excluded from the Council of Bujumbura Bar for five years. The chairman of Bujumbura Bar says the trial is characterized by many irregularities. (...)
' UN calls on Burundi to reverse its decision to ban Ligue Iteka

UN calls on Burundi to reverse its decision to ban Ligue Iteka

01-05-2017 Burundi Government has recently struck off the “Ligue Iteka” human rights association accusing it of recalcitrant behavior. The UN and other organizations stand against the decision. “We are very disappointed to hear that the Burundian Government has banned the country’s oldest human rights organization, Ligue Iteka”, said Farhan Haq, (...)
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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 (...)
' UN calls on Burundi to reverse its decision to ban Ligue Iteka

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: "Launching a strike notice to claim their rights is not a crime at all, it's a right."

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 (...)