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Burundi: pre-crisis violence must not be forgotten

03.03.2017 - (Last modified: 10.03.2017)
In 2014, a political drag-net cast over the opposition highlighted the repression that prevails in the country. However,...
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Burundi: a “standardised crisis”?

24.01.2017 - (Last modified: 25.01.2017)
The country showed no sign of improvement in 2016, perpetuating a detrimental situation for human rights. By definition,...
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Widely condemned by the international community – and rightly so – Burundi’s withdrawal from the International Criminal...
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South Africa’s withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC), followed closely by Gambia and Burundi, has made...
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TRIAL International representative asked to leave Burundi

06.10.2016 - (Last modified: 12.07.2017)
Geneva, 6 October 2016 - Today, one of TRIAL International’s representatives has been asked by the Burundian authorities...
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CAT Special Examination of Burundi

12.08.2016 - (Last modified: 27.09.2016)
Burundi must put an end to ethnic violence and the use of force against protesters, and report in October on its fight a...
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Burundi’s missed opportunity risks closing off dialogue

08.08.2016 - (Last modified: 27.09.2016)
Burundi deserted its examination before the United Nations Committee against Torture (CAT) midway. One can only regret t...
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Geneva, 26 July 2016 – A coalition of Burundian NGOs[1], with the support of the World Organisation Against Torture (OMC...
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Tortured, harassed, and driven into exile to save his family

06.06.2016 - (Last modified: 01.02.2018)
One morning in 2006 as he was leaving his house, Alain (not his real name) found himself eye to eye with about twenty policemen who had come to arrest him. Immediately taken to the police station, he was – wrongly – accused of preparing a coup d’état. Faced with his refusal to acknowledge the false allegations, the agents beat him. Alain was severely beaten and lashed...

Case Y. E.

Y. E. was an active member of the National Liberation Forces (FNL), an opposition party. A prominent political personality in his community, he first came under pressure in the run-up to the 2010 elections: arrest and arbitrary detention, public threats, harassment, etc. Fearing for his life, Y. E. fled to another region of Burundi. After the elections, unrest across...

Torn away from his family and deprived of a dignified funeral

06.06.2016 - (Last modified: 28.02.2019)
Jules (not his real name), married with four children, was a long-standing member of the National Liberation Front (FNL), an opposition party. In 2010, a post-election crisis swept across the country, resulting in a deterioration of the safety of political opponents and a surge in extrajudicial executions. That was when Jules began to be persecuted and threatened by t...

Case V. I.

V. I. is a Burundian politician, a member of the opposition party. In the past, he held important positions in the government and the Burundian national assembly and was one of the most outspoken critics of the party in power. In 2013, V. I. openly contested a government measure that intended to amend the Constitution. A few days later, he was arrested and charged wit...
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