Burundi

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The government increasingly restricted the rights to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly. Protests by members of the political opposition, civil society and others against the President’s decision to stand for a third term were violently repressed by the security forces, in particular the police and national intelligence services (SNR). Demonstrators were met with excessive force by the police and those detained were tortured and otherwise ill-treated by the SNR. Security forces also attacked independent media premises. There were several cases of unlawful killings of perceived opponents of the President.

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Abolitionist for all crimes

Does not use the death penalty

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