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Burundi: Release outspoken opposition politician

, Index number: AFR 16/3230/2020

The arrest of former parliamentarian Fabien Banciryanino on 2 October 2020 on charges of rebellion, defamation and threatening internal state security sends a clear message that Burundi’s new government is intolerant of peaceful dissent. Assuming the charges against him are based solely on statements he has made, Amnesty International calls on the Burundian authorities to immediately and unconditionally release the opposition politician, who has been outspoken on human rights issues in the country. Fabien Banciryanino was called in for questioning at the Special Research Bureau (BSR) on 2 October and detained there until 8 October

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