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 (...)

CFWIJ pleads for acquittal of two Burundian female journalists

01-10-2020 In a statement issued on 9 January, the Coalition for Women in Journalism (CFWIJ) expressed its concern over the charges against two female journalists detained with their male colleague since 22 October 2020. “The Coalition For Women in Journalism is concerned about the charges made against Burundi journalists Agnès (...)

Victims of WhatsApp joke

01-06-2020 The public prosecutor has demanded that the 4 journalists of Iwacu newspaper and their driver be sentenced to fifteen years in prison over a WhatsApp joke. There are also other penalties. The office of the Director of public prosecutions only based upon a message from Agnès Ndirubusa to incriminate (...)

Detainees’ rights association concerned over presidential pardon process

01-03-2020 Jean Marie Nshimirimana, Chairman of a local NGO « SPF-Ntabariza » involved in the defense of detainees’ rights says the presidential pardon process has some irregularities. “Detainees who have been asked to pay a fine amounting over BIF 1,150,000 remain in prison even though they have been sentenced to (...)

Iwacu news reporters’ lawyers expect release after public hearing

12-30-2019 Agnès Ndirubusa, Christine Kamikazi, Egide Harerimana, Térence Mpozenzi and their driver Adolphe Masabarakiza have appeared before Bubanza High Court, this December 30. After a public hearing which lasted 1h40 min, the Public Prosecutor has just asked for a fifteen-year prison sentence to the four Iwacu news reporters. He has (...)

Burundi President urges Iwacu news reporters to look for lawyers

12-27-2019 During the public conference that was held in Gitega Province this December 26, Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza has said the four Iwacu reporters detained in Bubanza Province since October 22, have the right to look for lawyers to defend them. “There are reasons behind their arrest. Juridical officials are (...)

Iwacu news reporters appear before Ntahangwa Appeal Court

11-18-2019 Agnès Ndirubusa, Christine Kamikazi, Egide Harerimana, Térence Mpozenzi and their driver Adolphe Masabarakiza appeared before Ntahangwa Appeal Court sitting in a Council Chamber in Bubanza Central Prison, this November 18. The close-door court appearance lasted at least one hour. Thereafter, the four Iwacu news reporters returned to prison. They (...)