Justice
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Federation defending child rights deplores killing of children

08-09-2019 Isidore Nteturuye, National Coordinator of the Federation of Associations involved in defending child rights –FENADEB says three children were victims of mistreatment. On 8 August, a mother stabbed her one-week-old kid in Busoni commune of Kirundo province in the north of Burundi. On 6 August, a man decapitated a (...)
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Burundian prisons are overcrowded, Direction of prisons says

07-16-2019 In the context of the celebration of Mandela Day, the General Direction of Penitentiaries in Burundi-DGAP has said jails are overcrowded compared to the number of prisoners they should receive. Over 10,000 people are detained in Burundian prisons. “In Burundi we have 11 prisons, two detention centers for small (...)
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Burundi Human Rights Ministry rejects report by UN investigators

07-05-2019 The Minister of Human Rights rejects the report on human rights violations in the country presented on July 2nd, 2019 by the UN Commission in charge of investigating on Burundi “The issue of human rights in Burundi concerns Burundians,” says Martin Nivyabandi, Minister of Human Rights and Social Integration. (...)
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Newly appointed CNDIH commission committed to working hard for all Burundians

04-26-2019 During the handover of duties and responsibilities between the former and the new team of Burundi National Independent Human Rights Commission-CNDIH, the new president of the commission has promised to work hard for all Burundians. Sixte Vigny Nimuraba, new president of CNDIH has said the newly appointed commissioners will (...)
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Presidential pardon alone not enough to reduce jail overcrowding, lawyer says

04-24-2019 More than 600 prisoners from Mpimba Central Prison in Bujumbura were released on 18 April 2019 following the execution of the presidential pardon decreed on 31 December 2018. “This measure alone is not enough because the prison population remains very high in Burundi,” has said Salvator Minani, Deputy chairman (...)
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Makamba administration reassures homeless returnees

04-12-2019 Following the returnees’ concerns over the lack of homes in their localities, Makamba province governor reassures. “We will do our best to help them have their shelters,” says Gad Niyukuri, Makamba Governor. He said it after Burundian refugees who had returned from Nyarugusu camp in Tanzania on 10 April (...)
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Large number of vulnerable people, major challenge to Ministry of Social Affairs

04-02-2019 Late disbursement of funds, a large number of vulnerable people and the lack of land to shelter the victims of natural disasters are the major challenges that the Ministry of Human Rights, Social Affairs and Gender is facing. Martin Nivyabandi, Minister of Human Rights, Social Affairs and Gender said (...)
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Three pupils detained for scribbling on Burundi President photo to be released

03-27-2019 “The Public Prosecutor’s Office in Ngozi Court of Appeal has decided to release three pupils. Investigations will continue while they are in their families,” Aimee Laurentine Kanyana, Burundi Minister of Justice told journalists on 25 March adding that these pupils have committed crimes. Those three pupils from Kamuri Basic (...)
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Three PARCEM representatives in Muramvya released

03-22-2019 Emmanuel Nshimirimana, Marius Nizigama and Aimé Constant Gatore, three focal points of PARCEM, a local NGO involved in the change of mindset in Muramvya province, were freed this 21 March. They were acquitted by the Bujumbura Court of Appeal in December 2018. Faustin Ndikumana, PARCEM chairman regrets the slowness (...)
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Three pupils accused of scribbling on President photo transferred to Ngozi prison

03-21-2019 Kirundo High Court did not pronounce, on 20 March, the verdict of pupils from Kamuri Basic school of Kirundo province accused of defacing the picture of President Nkurunziza found in textbooks as expected. The court, however, decided to transfer three of the six pupils detained since 12 March in (...)
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