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Burundi: Further information on "Disappearance": Tharcisse Havyarimana

, Index number: AFR 16/035/1999

Amnesty International is still seriously concerned for the safety of Tharcisse Havyarimana, who "disappeared" from police custody on or around 18 November 1999.

PUBLIC AI Index: AFR 16/35/99
2 December 1999
Further information on UA 303/99 (AFR 16/33/99, 23 November 1999) -
“Disappearance”
BURUNDITharcisse Havyarimana (note corrected spelling)
Amnesty International is still seriously concerned for the safety of Tharcisse
Havyarimana, who “disappeared” from police custody on or around 18 November
1999.
After his arrest on 29 October, Tharcisse Havyarimana was detained at the
headquarters of the Police de sécurité publique (PSP), Public Security Police,
in Kigobe, a district of the capital, Bujumbura. The PSP, which reportedly
originally denied he had been held there, despite the fact that investigations
by a magistrate into his case had been started, have now confirmed that he
was detained at their headquarters but that he has since been transferred.
He is reported to have been taken away by soldiers, though there is no record
of him being transferred or any information about the unit which took him away.
Amnesty International and other human rights groups are currently investigating
scores of recent cases of “disappearance” in Bujumbura.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/faxes/express/airmail
letters in French or in your own language (please check whether there is a
postal service to Burundi from your country):
- expressing grave concern for the safety of Tharcisse Havyarimana;
- calling for an immediate investigation into the circumstances of his transfer,
and for his current whereabouts to be publicly disclosed;
- calling on the authorities to take immediate steps to ensure that he is not
ill-treated if he is found;
- calling for those found to have committed or condoned a human rights violation
in this case to be brought to justice.
APPEALS TO (please note that fax numbers to Burundi are difficult to obtain):
Minister of Defence
Lieutenant-Col. Alfred NKURUNZIZA
Ministre de la Défense Nationale
Ministère de la Défense Nationale
BP 1870 Bujumbura, Burundi
Telegrams: Ministre Défense, Bujumbura, Burundi
Faxes:+ 257 22 39 59 / 21 75 05
Salutation:Monsieur le Ministre / Dear Minister
Director of the Police de sécurité publique (Kigobe)
Directeur de la PSP (Kigobe)
Police de sécurité publique
Bujumbura, Burundi
Telegrams:Directeur, PSP, Kigobe, Burundi
Faxes:+ 257 22 55 53
Salutation: Monsieur le Directeur/Dear Sir
Minister for Internal Affairs and Public Security
Col. Ascension TWAGIRAMUNGU
Ministre de l’Intérieur et de la Sécurité Publique
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Ministère de l’Intérieur
Bujumbura, Burundi
Telegrams:Ministre Intérieur, Bujumbura, Burundi
Faxes:+ 257 22 19 82
Salutation: Monsieur le Ministre / Dear Minister
State Public Prosecutor
Gerard NGENDABANKA,
Procureur Général de la République
Bujumbura
Burundi
Telegrams:Procureur général, Bujumbura, Burundi
Faxes: + 257 24 15 03
Salutation:Monsieur le Procureur géneral de la République / Dear State Public
prosecutor
COPIES TO:
Minister for Human Rights
Eugène NINDORERA, Ministre des droits de la Personne humaine, des réformes
institutionnelles, et des relations avec l’Assemblée nationale, Ministère des
droits de la Personne humaine, Bujumbura, Burundi
Faxes: + 257 21 75 49
and to diplomatic representatives of BURUNDI accredited to your country.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat,
or your section office, if sending appeals after 10 January 2000.

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