EXTERNAL AI Index: AFR 16/09/97
25 March 1997
Further information (1) on UA 74/97 (AFR 16/05/97, 19 March 1997) - Arbitrary
arrest / fear of torture / possible prisoner of conscience
BURUNDIMadame Solange NDIKUMANA (f), employee of the Ministry of Finance
Madame Solange Ndikumana, who was arrested on 7 March 1997, was released on
21 March 1997. She has not been charged with any offence.
Solange Ndikumana was arrested because of a letter she was carrying in which
the writer criticized the government of Pierre Buyoya. Amnesty International
had raised concerns for her safety, seeking assurances that she was being
safeguarded from ill-treatment, after receiving reports that she had been
ill-treated at the Documentation nationale, national intelligence unit, where
she was held initially after her arrest before being transferred to Mpimba
prison, Bujumbura. The organization had called for her to be released
unconditionally if she was being held, as it appeared, solely for her non-violent
opinions. She is reported not to have been tortured, although conditions
of detention were harsh.
No further appeals are necessary. Many thanks to all who took part.