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OP-ED: One year on, Burundi’s killings still go unpunished

It was not hard to find the place in Cibitoke where five young men had been shot dead by police earlier that morning. Scores, maybe hundreds, of their neighbours crowded around. As the blanket was pulled back to show us their bloodied bodies, children pushed forward to get a closer look. In this opposition neighbourhood of Burundi’s capital Bujumbura, finding dead bodies in the streets had become a regular occurrence in the wake of a May 2015 coup attempt against President Pierre Nkurunziza.

Date:
19 December 2016
  • News
  • Africa
  • Justice Systems

ICC: States must strengthen, not abandon, only route to justice for millions of victims

Victims of war crimes, crimes against humanity and other serious violations deserve to have their day in court, Amnesty International said as it urged states to work to strengthen, rather than withdraw from, the International Criminal Court (ICC). The call comes on the eve of the 15th Assembly of States Parties (ASP) to the Rome Statute – the ICC’s founding treaty – taking place from 16 to 24 November in The Hague, Netherlands.

Date:
15 November 2016
  • News
  • Burundi
  • International Justice

Burundi: ICC withdrawal must not block justice for crisis abuses

The Burundian parliamentary vote today endorsing a withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC) is part of the government’s continued effort to deny justice for victims of human rights violations committed since the crisis began in April 2015, said Amnesty International today. “This vote, at a time when the ICC is examining allegations of crimes committed in Burundi, highlights the government’s unwillingness to deliver justice for victims,” said Muthoni Wanyeki, Amnesty International’s Regional Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes.

Date:
12 October 2016
  • News
  • Burundi
  • Corporal Punishment

Burundi: UN findings must be a wake-up call on torture

The UN Committee against Torture (CAT) issued a wake-up call to Burundi today, said Amnesty International after the Committee flagged an increase in the use of torture and other ill-treatment since the beginning of the country’s current crisis in April 2015. In its concluding observations following a special report submitted at CAT’s request, the Committee’s 10 independent international experts expressed deep concern over hundreds of cases of torture alleged to have taken place in recent months in both official and unofficial places of detention.

Date:
12 August 2016
  • News
  • Burundi
  • Armed Groups

Burundi: One year on, Burundians pay the price of entrenched human rights crisis

One year on from the start of the Burundi crisis, the human rights situation in the country continues to deteriorate and accountability for horrific acts of violence remains elusive, Amnesty International said today. The decision by the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to open a preliminary examination underlines the gravity of the situation. Burundi has been in a political crisis since President Pierre Nkurunziza’s decision to stand for a third term in office last April, which many saw as unconstitutional.

Date:
26 April 2016
  • News
  • Burundi
  • Killings and Disappearances

Burundi: Satellite evidence supports witness accounts of mass graves

Compelling new satellite images, video footage and witness accounts analysed by Amnesty International strongly indicate that dozens of people killed by Burundian security forces in December were later buried in mass graves. Before and after images and video footage clearly show five possible mass graves in the Buringa area, on the outskirts of Bujumbura. The imagery, dating from late December and early January, shows disturbed earth consistent with witness accounts.

Date:
28 January 2016
  • News
  • Africa
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Burundi: Extrajudicial executions and systematic killings must be investigated

Security forces systematically killed dozens of people, including by extrajudicial execution, on the single bloodiest day of Burundi’s escalating crisis, Amnesty International has found. In a briefing, "My children are scared: Burundi's deepening human rights crisis", Amnesty International documents extrajudicial executions, arbitrary arrests, and looting by the police in Bujumbura on 11 December 2015.

Date:
22 December 2015
  • News
  • Burundi
  • UN

Burundi: International community must act immediately to end human rights crisis

The international community must take urgent steps to address the political crisis in Burundi and restore full respect for human rights as the country moves dangerously to the brink of civil war, said Amnesty International following a special session of the United Nations Human Rights Council. The organization described the adoption of a resolution to send a team of international experts to Burundi to investigate the violence and recommend solutions as an important first step, and called for an intensified focus on human rights violations.

Date:
17 December 2015
  • News
  • Burundi
  • Killings and Disappearances

UN Security Council must press Burundi authorities to tackle human rights crisis

This afternoon’s United Nations Security Council meeting on Burundi’s ongoing political and human rights crisis must include a clear and robust call on Burundian authorities to end the crisis, address serious human rights concerns and ensure people’s safety, Amnesty International said. “Incendiary rhetoric from top officials is fuelling fears that the already tense situation in Burundi could spiral out of control, leading to mass killings,” said Sarah Jackson, Amnesty International’s Deputy Regional Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes region.

Date:
9 November 2015
  • News
  • Africa
  • Detention

Burundi: Torture used to extract confessions and crush dissent

Beatings with iron bars and acid burns are among an array of torture techniques used by Burundian security forces to extract “confessions” and silence dissent, according to a new Amnesty International briefing published today. In a briefing titled “Just tell me what to confess to”: Torture and ill-treatment by Burundi’s police and intelligence service since April 2015,Amnesty International has documented chilling testimonies of victims of torture and other ill-treatment at the hands of security forces.

Date:
24 August 2015
  • News
  • Africa
  • Unlawful Killings

Burundi: Shooting of human rights activist increases climate of fear

The brazen attack on leading human rights defender, Pierre-Claver Mbonimpa, is part of a disturbing escalation of politically motivated violence in Burundi and authorities must act to calm the situation and bring those responsible to justice, said Amnesty International. Pierre-Claver Mbonimpa, president of the Association for the Protection of Human Rights and Detained People (APRODH), was shot and injured by gunmen in Bujumbura on 3 August.

Date:
6 August 2015
  • News
  • Africa
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Burundi: Excessive lethal force used to crush demonstrations

Burundian authorities repressed demonstrations as if they were an insurrection, and now the country appears to be on the verge of conflict, Amnesty International warned in a new report, Braving Bullets – Excessive force in policing demonstrations in Burundi, released today. Amnesty International’s investigation in May and June 2015 found that Burundian police used excessive lethal force, including against women and children, to silence those opposed to President Pierre Nkurunziza’s bid for a third-term.

Date:
23 July 2015
  • News
  • Africa
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Burundi: Media clampdown intensifies in aftermath of coup attempt

Escalating threats against journalists and other media workers in the past week are worrying signs that journalism in Burundi has become increasingly dangerous since an attempted coup last month, Amnesty International warned today. Media freedom and coverage is critical to provide accurate information given the electoral impasse triggered by President Pierre Nkurunziza’s bid for a third term, as well as growing fears of renewed conflict with wider regional implications.

Date:
10 June 2015
  • News
  • Africa
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Burundi: All parties must prioritise safety of civilians as tension escalates

All parties to the unfolding crisis in Burundi must ensure the safety of civilians Amnesty International said today amid reports of an attempted coup. “Those who commit crimes under international law will be brought to justice. Burundi’s recent history has been beset by violence to which it cannot be allowed to return. The military, the police and the ruling party’s youth-wing, the Imbonerakure, will be held to account if they commit crimes under international law,” said Muthoni Wanyeki, Amnesty International’s Regional Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes.

Date:
13 May 2015
  • News
  • Africa
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Burundi: Stop harassment of human rights defenders ahead of election

Pierre-Claver Mbonimpa, human rights defender from Burundi. Photo JEAN PIERRE AIME Amnesty International today launched a new campaign in solidarity with Burundian human rights defenders facing intimidation and harassment in the run-up to the country’s presidential election in June. The campaign Komera, Turikumwe (Courage, We are Together) exposes the Burundian authorities’ increasing crackdown on human rights defenders and opposing voices, particularly after the announcement of a third term bid by Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza on 25 April 2015.

Date:
30 April 2015
  • News
  • Africa
  • Press Freedom

Burundi: Brutal clampdown on human rights in run-up to the elections

Burundian police detain a protester in Musaga, on the ourskirts of Bujumbura, on April 28, 2015, during a protest against the president's bid to cling to power for a third term. At least five people have died since clashes broke out on April 26 after the ruling CNDD-FDD party, which has been accused of intimidating opponents, designated Nkurunziza its candidate for the presidential election to be held in the central African nation on June 26.

Date:
29 April 2015