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Summary execution of a whistleblower in Burundi

03.06.2016 - (Last modified: 29.08.2019)
A member of the Burundian police, Jeff (real name withheld) witnessed rampant corruption among his ranks while at work. The fact that he was courageous enough to publicly report such abuse led to his arrest and then arbitrary detention for several weeks. The intimidation continued after his release: more or less explicit warnings, dismissal and, finally, death threats...

Case I.V.

I.V. was a young man from Burundi invested in politics, an active supporter of an opposition party. After he openly showed his support for the party in question during an electoral campaign, I.V. began receiving anonymous phone calls with explicit death threats such as “You have very little time left to live”. Terrified, the victim abandoned his studies and distanced...

Case H.T.

Mr H.T., a Burundian citizen, was a member of the CNDD-FDD, the party in power in Burundi, before joining an opposition party where he held various prominent positions. Harassment began immediately after Mr H.T. switched parties. Old friends and colleagues from the CNDD-FDD insistently tried to convince him to come back, but their proposals gradually became threats. T...

Beaten up for attempting to protect a relative

03.06.2016 - (Last modified: 17.08.2017)
At the beginning of 2008, in front of his home, Jean (real name withheld) listened to the story of Fabien (ibidem), a member of his family. The latter told him of a recent altercation with a representative of the State, who had tried to extort official documents from him. During the discussion, the same representative burst in front of Fabien, once again insisting to...

Mother presses charges for the rape of her 9-year-old daughter

03.06.2016 - (Last modified: 27.01.2017)
Fanny (real name withheld) was only nine years old when she was raped by a military officer. He was a family friend and regularly visited Fanny and her parents. One night, while patrolling in Fanny’s neighborhood, he forcefully took the young girl to his domicile. There, after taking his clothes off, he undressed the victim and raped her. Several times, he threatened...

A teacher tortured by police forces demands justice

03.06.2016 - (Last modified: 12.06.2017)
Until 2011, Clement (alias), a political opponent, used to work as a teacher. He has been arrested at home by security forces, under the false pretext of threatening the security of the state. Taken by force to a police station, the security personal attempted to extort a confession from him. On the spot, he has been subjected to several acts of torture and received d...

Prominent lawyer illegally imprisoned in Burundi

03.06.2016 - (Last modified: 29.08.2019)
Jean-Pierre (real name withheld) was a renowned Burundian lawyer and an opponent of the government. In 2011, he was stopped and detained in a witness corruption case. He was charged for witness subordination – an infringement which, regardless of its veracity, has been time-barred since 2006. This pretext concealed the real reason for his arrest: Jean-Pierre’s politic...
Désiré (not his real name), a Burundian citizen, had joined the National Liberation Forces (FNL) movement when he was scarcely more than a child. After his demobilization, he decided to live a peaceful life with his wife and their child. But the calm was short-lived. In 2010, a wave of insecurity swept across the country after the opposition contested the elections. P...

Tortured in a public place and detained for 3 years

03.06.2016 - (Last modified: 20.02.2017)
André (real name withheld) was a ranked army member. One night, he was jogging with his friends when gun shots suddenly rang out. Armed men, some of whom were in civilian clothes and others in police uniform, rushed in and requested everyone to leave the premises. Unsure how to react, André and his friends remained in place. Within minutes, André was tied up, searched...

« I was stopped in the street for no reason »

03.06.2016 - (Last modified: 20.02.2017)
Claude (real name withheld) was stopped in the street by Burundian State agents. Without any explanations, they simply threatened him with a weapon and ordered him to follow them, confiscating his car keys. During Claude’s interrogation, they tried by all means to make him “confess” fictitious facts: blows all over his body with bats and iron wires, suspension by the...

Building up capacities for human rights defenders

31.05.2016 - (Last modified: 03.11.2016)
TRIAL International believes that international law, when mastered and put at the service of victims, has the power to b...
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Burundi: Prison accused of involuntary manslaughter

11.03.2015 - (Last modified: 12.07.2017)
Burundi - mandated by TRIAL, a lawyer filed a complaint on behalf of M. Busuguru, who died in prison of tuberculosis one year ago to the day. In the light of neglect by the penitentiary authorities, the latter are accused of involuntary manslaughter. Consult the French version to see the full news.
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