Burundi: Genuine reopening of civic space requires accountability

Index Number: AFR 16/3806/2021

Amnesty International thanks the Commission of Inquiry for its oral update.
While the government has taken some steps towards reopening media space, human rights defenders and journalists continue to face serious violations of their rights. In December 2020, we received the welcome news that four journalists from Iwacu Press Group – arrested and convicted simply for doing their work – had been pardoned and released from prison. In late February, the private radio Bonesha FM, was allowed to reopen after almost six years

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