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Burundi: Fear of "disappearance" / fear of extrajudicial execution

, Index number: AFR 16/015/1996

Marcel Bigirimana, 15 years, Donatien Bizimana, 16 years, Maco Nahimana, 14 years, Gaspard Myugi, 16 years, Said Misago, 13 years, Birinda, 15 years, Anicet Nyabenda, 15 years, Marius, 13 years, Selemani, 14 years, Joseph Manirambona, 16 years, Sinzinkayo, 14 years, Simon Ngirente, 15 years, John Hakizamana, 16 years, Kubwimana, 14 years, Karibuhuri, 14, and other children: At least sixteen children, all of them from the majority Hutu ethnic group, were arrested, without warrant, on 19 June 1996, in Buterere suburb of Bujumbura by soldiers. The children were first arrested along with a number of adult peasants. The adults were subsequently released. However, efforts made by the Cibitoke zone chief and relatives to see the children still detained have failed. Military authorities in the Ngagara Barracks reportedly claim that there are no children in their cells. AI believes that these children are at risk of "disappearance" and extrajudicial execution.

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