PUBLIC AI Index: AFR 16/001/2002
10 January 2002
Further information on UA 318/01 (AFR 16/045/2001, 12 December 2001) - Fear
of torture and ill-treatment / "disappearance"
BURUNDIVictoire Nyabenda (f)]
Obed Safari (m) ]
Fridolene Sibomana (f)]detained at Gatumba brigade
Ndaduduye (m), aged 17, ]
Rémy Ntuyahaga (m)]
Gaspard Hungano (m)]detained at Gakumbu military camp
Patrick Hatungimana (m)]
The eight people named above from Rukaramu, Mutimbuzi commune, detained on
10 December 2001 on suspicion of involvement in the murder of a soldier have
been released without charge.
The five people detained at Gatumba gendarmerie brigade were ordered to pay
a fine of 20,000 Burundian francs before being released.
The three other men, feared to have “disappeared”, were detained in Gakumbu
military camp where they were severely ill-treated. They are now receiving
medical treatment for their injuries with the assistance of a local human rights
organization, the Association Burundaise pour la Défense des Droits des
Prisonniers (ABDP), Burundian Association for the Defence of Prisoners’ Rights.
No further action is required. Thanks to all those who sent appeals.