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Burundi: Further information on fear of executions / legal concern

, N° d'index: AFR 16/026/1996

Firmat Niyonkenguruka, former secondary school director; new names: Jackson Hatungimana, Daniel Kabura, Protais Nzohabonimana, Hilaire Hicuburundi, Michael Kabavamwo and about 82 others sentenced to death since February 1996: AI has received reports that on 9 August 1996, Firmat Niyonkenguruka, sentenced to death on 24 June 1996, and five others on death row named above were transferred to a special cell in Mpimba prison in Bujumbura. The separation took place a day after civil servants meeting government ministers had demanded the public hanging of prisoners on death row. There are also fears that they may be subjected to torture.

EXTERNAL AI Index: AFR 16/26/96
20 August 1996
Further information on UA 202/96 (AFR 16/24/96, 15 August 1996) - Fear of executions/Legal
concern
BURUNDIFirmat Niyonkenguruka, former secondary school director
new names:Jackson Hatungimana
Daniel Kabura
Protais Nzohabonimana
Hilaire Hicuburundi
Michel Kabavamho (?)
and about 82 others sentenced to death since February 1996
Amnesty International has received reports that on 9 August 1996, Firmat Niyonkenguruka,
sentenced to death on 24 June 1996, and five others on death row named above were transferred to
a special cell in Mpimba prison in Bujumbura. The separation took place a day after civil servants
meeting government ministers on 8 August had demanded the public hanging of prisoners on
death row (see original Urgent Action). Sources in Burundi have expressed fears that the
separation of these prisoners from other inmates may be a sign of their imminent execution. There
are also fears that they may be subjected to torture and other forms of cruel, inhuman or degrading
treatment. At least two dozen detainees have been killed in custody since 1995; three of these were
shot dead in Mpimba prison.
Neither the six prisoners nor their relatives have been informed of the reasons for separating them
from the rest of the prison population with whom they had so far been held. It is unclear whether
the separation of these death row prisoners has also been imposed on about 82 others held in other
prisons around the country.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express/ airmail
letters in French, Kiswahili or in your own language:
- expressing concern at reports that six prisoners (name them) have been separated from others in
Mpimba prison, thus raising fears that they may be executed in the near future or subjected to
torture and other forms of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment;
- asking if prisoners on death row elsewhere in the country have been separated from others in the
same way, and requesting to be informed of the identities of those prisoners and the prisons where
they are being held;
- seeking assurances that no prisoners will be subjected to execution, torture or other forms of
cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment;
- requesting the authorities to allow the prisoners access to visits by legal counsel, their relatives and
members of humanitarian and human rights organizations;
- demanding that the Supreme Court respond to appeals on behalf of the prisoners and that the
appeals be heard in conditions that conform to international standards of fair trial;
- urging that if the convictions are confirmed by the Supreme Court, it should sentence them to
humane punishment, not the death penalty.
APPEALS TO:
2
President
Major Pierre Buyoya
Président de la République
Présidence de la République
BP 1870, Bujumbura, BURUNDI
Fax: 257 22 7490
Telegrams: Major Buyoya, Bujumbura, Burundi
Salutation: Monsieur le Président/Dear President
Prime Minister
Monsieur Pascal-Firmin Ndimira
Premier Ministre
Présidence de la République
BP 2800, Bujumbura, BURUNDI
Fax: 257 22 6424
Telegrams: Premier Ministre Ndimira, Bujumbura, Burundi
Salutation: Monsieur le Premier Ministre/Dear Prime Minister
Minister of Justice
Gervais Rubashamiheto
Ministre de la Justice et Garde des sceaux
Ministère de la Justice
BP 1880, Bujumbura, BURUNDI
Fax: 257 22 2148
Telegrams: Ministre Rubashamiheto, Bujumbura, Burundi
Salutation: Monsieur le Ministre/Dear Minister
COPIES TO:
Madame Christine Ruhaza
Ministre des Droits de la personne humaine
de l'Action sociale et de la Promotion de la femme
Ministère des Droits de la personne humaine
BP 2690, Bujumbura, BURUNDI
Fax: 257 21 51 79 or 257 23 31 39
Eugène Nindorera
Ministre de la Réforme des institutions
Ministère de la Réforme des institutions
Bujumbura, BURUNDI
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 1 October 1996.

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