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“Some swindlers pretend to be Intelligence agents to extort money from people”

08-18-2016 Martin Nivyabandi, the Minister in charge of Human Rights, recognizes that such practice is common in Burundi. This was reported during a press briefing held in Bujumbura the capital on 17 August. “It has been reported that the National Intelligence Services detains and tortures people. But we noticed that (...)
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UNCAT is concerned about reprisals against four Burundi lawyers

08-09-2016 The UN Committee against Torture-UNCAT has voiced grave concern about reported reprisals against four Burundian lawyers.  Armel Niyongere, Lambert Nigarura, Dieudonné Bashirahishize and Vital Nshimirimana – who provided information to the UNCAT for a special review of Burundi in Geneva on 28 and 29 July- will be dismissed from (...)
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Four Lawyers to be dismissed from Burundi Bar

08-04-2016 On 29 July, Bujumbura Court of Appeal public prosecutor addressed a correspondence to the Burundi Bar Association about disbarring four lawyers. Armel Niyongere, Vital Nshimirimana, Dieudonne Bashirahishize and Lambert Nigarura were accused of non-compliance with professional ethics. The first two lawyers were specifically charged with involvement in some criminal (...)
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Human Rights Watch accuses the ruling party youth and police of rape

07-29-2016 In a statement issued on 27 July, the Human Rights Watch organization reported over 300 cases of rape or sexual assault committed by the Imbonerakure youths and men in police uniforms. The latter deny the allegations. From May until September 2015, 323 (264 women and 59 girls) cases of (...)
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The UN Committee against Torture to review Burundi Human Rights deterioration

07-26-2016 The UN Committee against torture will conduct a special review of Burundi on 28 and 29 July in Geneva, in the light of the information it has recently received about the deteriorating human rights situation in the country. According to the statement issued on 25 July by the UN (...)
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Light at the end of the prison

02-25-2015 Bujumbura’s Court of Appeal decided to release provisionally Bob Rugurika. The defense was tentatively satisfied.-By Philippe Ngendakumana, translated by Diane Uwimana On Wednesday, 18 February, Lambert Nigarura was at the zenith from 11:30 a.m after the judgment was announced granting bail to the RPA Director who had been imprisoned (...)
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Bob Rugurika welcomed as a hero Amazing Thursday

02-23-2015 On Thursday, 19 February, Bob Rugurika returned triumphantly to Bujumbura.-By Dieudonné Hakizimana, Monia Bella Inakanyambo,Léandre Sikuyavuga &Philippe Ngendakumana, translated by Diane Uwimana After the announcement of the release of Bob Rugurika from Muramvya prison, people poured in to Bujumbura from everywhere. The crowd spanned the city, from “Gare du (...)
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Hussein Radjabu should be released from the prison

01-14-2015 The rumor abounded that MrHussein Radjabu, former member of the governing party CNDD-FDD, would be released on Thursday 30th December 2014. His followers from different corners of the country were assembled at the Mpimba central prison in order to welcome and support him.-By Lorraine JosianeManishatse Hussein was imprisoned in April (...)
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UN expert: civil society and media are deemed political opponents

12-01-2014 Civil society and the press are accused of being opposition actors. Human Rights defenders are systematically threatened and even attacked. Peaceful demonstrations are only authorized when in favor of the government. These are just a few of the conclusions of Michel Forst, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation (...)
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UN special Rapporteur on human rights defenders visits Burundi

11-17-2014 The UN special rapporteur Michel Forst is visiting Burundi from 14 to 25 November 2014. He was invited by the Government of Burundi. The objective of the visit is to look at the human rights defenders situation, the legal framework and the environment in which those are functioning for (...)