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Burundi: a “standardised crisis”?

24.01.2017 - (Last modified: 25.01.2017)
An op-ed by Pamela Capizzi The country showed no sign of improvement in 2016, perpetuating a detrimental situation for...
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Widely condemned by the international community – and rightly so – Burundi’s withdrawal from the International Criminal...
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An op-ed by Philip Grant South Africa’s withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC), followed closely by Gam...
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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)
An op-ed by Pamela Capizzi Burundi deserted its examination before the United Nations Committee against Torture (CAT) m...
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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 la...

Opposition member murdered in Burundi

06.06.2016 - (Last modified: 29.08.2019)
Yohann (real name withheld) 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, Yohann fled to another region of Burundi. After th...

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 threaten...

Vincent, imprisonned in Burundi for opposing the government

06.06.2016 - (Last modified: 29.08.2019)
Vincent (real name withheld) 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...

Imprisoned, handcuffed and starved for four days

06.06.2016 - (Last modified: 16.03.2017)
Sidoine (real name withheld) was the night porter at a hospital. One night, two vehicles driven by local officials arrived outside A&E. Without any explanation, the officials threw two injured men to the ground, seemingly following an altercation. While asking for details of the patients’ condition, Sidoine was slapped by the men driving the vehicles. He tried to...
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